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Learning Flex 3

Getting up to Speed with Rich Internet Applications

coverHow fast can you learn Adobe Flex 3? O'Reilly Media's newest book on Flex--"Learning Flex 3" -- offers an engagingly unique, hands-on approach that allows you to tinker with examples right away and create your own Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) with Flex within the first few chapters. As you progress, you'll build an advanced layout, add interactivity, work with data, and deploy your applications to either the Web or the desktop.

And with this new release of Flex, time is of the essence. According to author Alaric Cole, Flex is here to stay for the long run, and it's catching on quickly.

"With the release of Flex and Flex Builder 3, the language and de facto programming environment has matured to the point that they are suitable for both beginners and experienced developers. With the open-source initiative for Flex, I see widespread adoption taking place," says Cole, a Flex developer from the beginning.

Not only is Flex catching on quickly with developers, but Cole believes it may become the norm across the board. As he says, "Rich Internet Applications are popping up all over the place, and may be the standard for software in the very near future. Flex is a great choice for building rich Internet applications, so it will continue to grow with the web."

"Learning Flex 3" provides clear, step-by-step instructions, along with tips and tricks that Cole has gathered from years of using Flex and teaching it to fellow developers. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced developer coming to Flex from another platform, this book will help you get on your feet quickly.

You will learn how to:
- Set up Flex Builder/Eclipse
- Lay out a Flex application
- Build an engaging user interface
- Add interactivity with ActionScript
- Handle user input with rich forms
- Gather and format data
- Create reusable components with MXML
- Add effects, filters, and transitions
- Style applications with CSS, skins, and themes
- Deploy applications to the Web, or to the desktop using Adobe AIR

You'll also find easy-to-understand explanations of object-oriented programming concepts and best practices. "Learning Flex 3" is not only the most complete tutorial for Flex 3, it's also the quickest way to get going with the latest version of this powerful framework.

Alaric Cole has been working with Flash technologies since the introduction of ActionScript. Once Flex came on the scene, he has focused primarily on Flex development, creating enterprise applications with rich data visualization, interactive media, and advanced components. Alaric continues to use Flex in his daily work at Yahoo's prestigious Flash Platform team, leading development and consulting on the newest Flash and Flex projects across the company.

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Alaric Cole


Adobe Developer Library is a co-publishing partnership between O'Reilly Media and Adobe Systems, Inc. and is designed to produce the number one information resources for developers who use Adobe technologies. Created in 2006, the Adobe Developer Library is the official source for comprehensive learning solutions to help developers create expressive and interactive web applications that can reach virtually anyone on any platform. With top-notch books and innovative online resources covering the latest in rich internet application development, the Adobe Developer Library offers expert training and in-depth resources, straight from the source.

O'Reilly Media spreads the knowledge of innovators through its books, online services, magazines, and conferences. Since 1978, O'Reilly Media has been a chronicler and catalyst of cutting-edge development, homing in on the technology trends that really matter and spurring their adoption by amplifying "faint signals" from the alpha geeks who are creating the future. An active participant in the technology community, the company has a long history of advocacy, meme-making, and evangelism.


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