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Professional BlazeDS: Creating Rich Internet Applications with Flex and Java [Paperback]

Shashank Tiwari

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Book Description

Oct. 12 2009 Wrox Programmer to Programmer
A hands-on guide to creating Rich Internet Applications (RIA) using BlazeDS

BlazeDS enables you to easily connect to back-end distributed data and push data in real time to Adobe Flex and Adobe AIR applications in order to garner more responsive Rich Internet Application (RIA) experiences. It is a scalable option for Flex and Java integration and allows you to create excellent RIAs with both Flex and Java.

This informative resource provides you with detailed examples and walkthroughs that explain the best practices for creating RIAs using BlazeDS. You'll begin with the essentials of BlazeDS and then more on to more advanced topics. Along the way, you'll learn the real-world concerns that surround enterprise-based Java and Flex applications.

  • BlazeDS enables you to connect to back-end distributed data in order to garner more responsive Rich Internet Application (RIA) experiences
  • Begins with an introduction to BlazeDS, and explains the necessary features for integrating new and existing Java data sources and applications with Flex-based RIAs
  • Provides hands-on examples and addresses real-world concerns surrounding enterprise-based Java and Flex applications
  • Serves as a comprehensive walk through for creating RIAs using BlazeDS

If you're looking to create rich, productive, and engaging applications, then this book is for you.

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

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Use BlazeDS to create exceptional rich applications with Flex and Java

BlazeDS is a popular, open source web application that can successfully be deployed into a Java application server, making it an ideal option for Flex and Java integration. With this comprehensive resource, you'll walk through the process of creating Rich Internet Applications (RIA) using BlazeDS. After a look at BlazeDS basics, the book then moves on to explain how to configure, customize, and extend BlazeDS in order to integrate with new and existing Java data sources and applications with Flex-based RIA.

  • Explains how to install BlazeDS from source as well as its compiled distributions

  • Demonstrates ways to make user interfaces engaging and effective

  • Introduces techniques for intercepting for control and management

  • Features tips for configuring a remoting service and a destination

  • Reviews remoting communication flow and remoting related classes, components, and modules

  • Includes coverage of testing and debugging Flex and BlazeDS applications

  • Shows how to extend BlazeDS with custom adapters and factories to connect to enterprise Java resources.

  • Discusses methods for leveraging JPA and Hibernate with Flex

  • Delves into the topic of communicating real-time via messages

Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.

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About the Author

Shashank Tiwari is a technology entrepreneur, speaker, author, and innovator. He is currently a managing partner & CTO at Treasury of Ideas (, a technology-driven innovation and value optimization company.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Consize overview of the product for a busy professional Nov. 19 2009
By Yakov Fain - Published on
Coming to Flex from a Java world, I clearly see two groups of people working on enterprise RIA projects:
1. People who know Java and J2EE and are novices to Flex
2. People who know Flex with a little understanding of what's going on on the server side (i.e. J2EE)

I'm interviewing lots of enterprise developers for various Flex/Java roles, and it seems to be a trend that most people do not understand internals of BlazeDS/LCDS. While you can definitely find bits and pieces of information on the subject by googling specific topics and going through the product documentation, this 300-page book is something that gives you the entire picture of Flex-BlazeDS-J2EE data flow. How many people know what's long polling and what why it's better than polling? How to configure channels and endpoints to use long polling with failover to polling? Can you push the data form the server to the client with BlazeDS? How can you modify and extend the communication layer of BlazeDS (front-end channels and server-side adapters)? What are the option of conneting BlazeDS with the ORM framework (Hibernate)?

This book gives you an overview of all these subjects with pretty simple to follow code samples. One of the reviewers wrote that he was falling to sleep while reading this book. Sure, it's a lot more interesting reading about developing flashy UI gadgets. Give me yet another Flex video player and a photo album application!

Unfortunately, there are boring areas in any Flex/Java enterprise application that can either turn your project either into a well performing stable RIA or put the server on its knees.

If you are looking for a fundamental manuscript on BlazeDS, this is not the book you need. But if you are a busy professional/tech lead/PM who needs to quickly get the big picture and understand what his/her options are, this book will definitely help you.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book April 6 2010
By Bykov Rodion - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Very useful book for everyone working with Flex/AIR and remote data. If you ever wonder how Flash Remoting works from inside - this book is for you. BlazeDS is not only standalone Java server, but also comes bundled with Adobe Coldfusion 9 and Railo. Book will be helpful to Coldfusion/Railo developers to dig deeper into Flash Remoting and real-time messaging.
3.0 out of 5 stars bug fix March 25 2012
By mark - Published on
On page 59, the dropdown "Application server type:" is no longer J2EE, it is now java. When the combined Java/Flex project is created, the services-config.xml file needs to be updated.

services-config.xml -
in the default configuration, at the endpoint tags, wherever it says: "{}:{server.port}/{context.root}"
replace with: "localhost:8080/HelloBlazeDS"

<channel-definition id="my-amf" class="mx.messaging.channels.AMFChannel">
<endpoint url="[...]"
<channel-definition id="my-secure-amf" class="mx.messaging.channels.SecureAMFChannel">
<endpoint url="[...]"
<channel-definition id="my-polling-amf" class="mx.messaging.channels.AMFChannel">
<endpoint url="[...]"
1.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunate purchase April 10 2011
By Tyler - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Reading this book was like reading a term paper that was written the night before it was due - it's filled with fluff, the grammar and flow gets worse the farther along you get, the chapters that sound like they'll be interesting are a waste of time. Save your money.
1.0 out of 5 stars A very chaotic and generally bad book July 14 2010
By James D. Boyd - Published on
Let me start by saying that I understand that writing a book is really difficult. I wish the author success in his future endeavors, but as a customer I am very dissatisfied.

I was excited to get this book, but upon reading it I became much less enthusiastic. One of my biggest beefs with it is that the code is very poorly presented in the book. It also jumps around a lot. It is nearly impossible to sit down with this book alone and use the code in printed form to create a working example. The introduction to setting up a development environment is also terrible. I wish that I could get back my money and the time spent reading the book.

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