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Professional Cairngorm

Jeremy Wischusen

Create components and classes with the Cairngorm framework

Although Cairngorm is the oldest and most widely used Flex framework, very little literature exists that clearly explains how to implement this framework. This book fills that void by showing you how Cairngorm facilitates team development, encourages best practices for building Flex-based RIAs, and works well with medium- to large-scale projects in which code needs to be separated and organized.

  • Begins with an introduction to Cairngorm, focusing on the underlying principles, source code, and uses of Cairngorm

  • Examines the major components of Cairngorm including the ModelLocator, ServiceLocator, FrontController, Events, Commands, Delegates, and Value Objects

  • Presents a sample project that walks you through the various aspects of its organization and its handling of application logic

  • Explains how to make the most of events, commands, delegates, and value objects

  • Explores alternative methods for using events, commands, and delegates

  • Shares techniques for linking Cairngorm to a project

  • Offers suggestions for taking advantage of plug-ins and extensions

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Professional ?!?! Jan. 9 2010
By Nermin Hanjalic - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have to say that i was rarely so disappointed with a book like with this one. It might be my high expectations because there was no prior "pro"-stuff on Cairngorm, but let me give you a short version right off: The only professional"-thing on this book is the title!!

Except from last twenty pages, there is nothing what u can't see in David Tuckers videos. And beside that 95% of the stuff described u can also find on 100 pages of the Flex Pro(Wrox) book, just a little bit concisely(not purely) described and with the Flex Pro u get a whole a lot of stuff extra - to be exact + 1300 pages.
First 130 pages a describing the mvc, model, view, controler ... bla bla
Chapter 16 describes login-process (ha ha "Chapter 16" +"login"= "professional book" - yeah)
And the rest is describing some insane-simple commenting system, WITHOUT EVEN SHOWING THE FULL CRUD, yes there is even no example how to update a record(yeah, pro's don't update).
At least tips how to handle that VO's through reusable components by inserting in contrast to updating, how to work with cairngorm and modules, is it better to cache the changes on client or should one always call getWHATEVER after deleteWHATEVER, how to lazyload `em, at least with some example of how to map/handle many2many db-records with model locator, some examples of presentational model patterns or ... or what ever.
Then Chapter 21-22 are just correction all that what was terribly done by now.
Chapter 23 shows the for two years deprecated ViewHelper-stuff. (And this is, with the chapter 28 may be the best Part of the book)
Chapter 27 explains on 21 page, full of huge screen-snapshots, Cairngorm Plugin. In contrary chapter 28 explains the universal mind extensions on only 7 pages :) cheers

To be honest, if I had rated it on that day when I got it, I would gave it 0 points but ...

Time for some good News :)

The book is actually not bad written and that is the only reason im giving two stars. If they called it "Beginning Cairngorm" I would give it four Stars , but "Professional Cairngorm" comon Mr. Wischusen!

Closing Tipp - if u never ever heard a thing about Cairngorm buy this professional book, other ways save your money.
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Good for beginners Feb. 4 2010
By K. Addaquay - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
this is actually a really good book if you are a beginner and want to learn cairngorm. i am on chapter 20 of the book. the only thing i wasnt too crazy about was the samples dont use any live services but instead, simulate the service. the author does explain well how a live service would respond call given the case....but it would have been nice to have some kind of local xml data just to demonstrate it in the book. if u want to learn cairngorm....this is a good book. it doesnt have any advanced concepts though...so its good if you are beginning. i would recommend it to anyone looking to learn this framework
Doesn't examine real world scenarios March 31 2010
By Philip A. Damra - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is divided into two main sections. The first, a walkthrough of the main components of the framework, is very useful for a beginner. It examines the base classes of the framework and does a good job of explaining how the pieces fit together.

When it comes to implementing the framework in a practical way, however, the author makes a terrible decision IMHO. Instead of dealing with the normal use case where the Flex application will be connecting to a remote service to send/retrieve data, he decided to use the example of an AIR application that only uses the SQLite (local) database. The author discusses his reasoning for this decision and indicates that it would add an unneeded layer of complexity to deal with the various server side technologies (php vs Java vs CF vs .net). IMO, it would've been a much better idea to use the Flex HTTPService class and then just generate static XML files that the server would return to the Flex app. That way, we would be able to learn more about the functionality of the ServiceLocator and the delegates.

To make matters worse, the AIR app that the book walks you through building is a BLOG!!! Get it? This book teaches you the supremely useful ability to build a blog that resides only on your local machine, so you can create blog posts that nobody else can read. He could've at least picked an application that would make sense as an AIR app.


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