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Flex 2 Books

Very Exciting weekend :). Why? its because the Flex 2 books and Training Videos I ordered last week just arrived yesterday!. I wont be mentioning all the titles yet but so far from what I’ve seen and read, the Lynda.com : Flex 2 Advanced: Using Data Services Training Video is excellent stuff! I went thru chapter 3 to 9 (Im semi-advanced student ;P) and all I can say is, the money spent was all worth it. I’m now consuming the Adobe Flex & Java book from the guys at Farata Systems. Im deep-diving on the data-integration stuff since its going to be the most crucial part of our enterprise application development. Will update on the book reviews as soon as I’ve covered some chapters. Right now I’m looking at how to replace or redesign our existing ACEGI-based security module.

Update: June 28, 2007

Disclaimer: I haven’t read the whole book yet but here’s my first impressions from the few chapters Ive read and jumping from one chapter to another. The Adobe Flex & Java book: RIA Book was good but was kinda outdated. It featured a lot of working real-world examples which is good stuff. The books weren’t cheap so I was a little disappointed because I was expecting more of advanced Flex-Java stuff that takes on advanced custom component tricks/hacks, a bit of Cairngorm or other MVC frameworks, Modules, Security / ACLs, Migrating from web frameworks to pure Flex front-end. I was also looking for a bit about Spring integration or anything about a guide for former AJAX developers (for some who have been doing web apps all their lives, switching to event-based app is a paradigm shift). The ebook that came with the book is useless. Table of contents is unclickable and unsearchable. I am yet to check out the bundled Training Video.

I also have the Actionscript 3 Cookboook from Oreilly. This book is excellent! I’ve read 3 whole chapters so far: XML, Arrays and Menus and I’m already smiling from ear to ear from what I’ve absorbed so quickly. I just realized how powerful E4X support is!!! and how AS3 easily handles XML data like a fish to a water. Highly recommended even for someone like me who never programmed in Actionscript before.

I also have Adobe Flex: Straight from the source and Oreilly Flex 2 Programming. Just browsed thru the pages and jumping from diff chapters . They are almost the same. Just a little better than the official Flex2 documentation which is available for free in PDF form. In fairness, the two books covered more examples than the official doc.

I also have Flex 2 Total Training training video. It covers how to use Flex builder and working with Flex 2 UI components. No advanced stuff. haven’t watched them all yet so I cant comment much.

Too much many books, too little time.

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Just finished cleaning up some slides I used for my Team’s training. Here it is:

Quick guide on Integrating Flex 2, LiveCycle Data Services and Spring – For Java developers who wants to integrate Flex with new or existing J2EE applications.
Cairngorm Microarchitecture
– Advanced topic not meant for Flex/Actionscript beginners. Read this before taking on Cairngorm.
Flex Modules – Created by Alex Harui. Very useful for building big Flex 2 apps. Modules are used to break applications up into smaller pieces.

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Flex 2 Slides

I’ve been reading tons of materials about Flex 2 and Cairngorm framework the past few weeks since May. Me and my team are looking at replacing the Struts v1 front-end of one of our flagship product (a Certified, standards-compliant web app for Healthcare industry). After studying the alternatives, client’s requirements, feedbacks, and expert opinions, I have decided that RIA with Flex 2 is the way to go. We are now gearing towards ASP model all the way. I have prepared and “borrowed” bits and parts of contents from other slides publicly available on the net and aggregated all the good stuff into one presentation file. To the original authors, pls. forgive me :). I created this for my team and want to share the information back to the community. This slide is going to be my first installment on Flex category. Expect a lot more once I’ve cleaned up stuff on other slides. I’m also uploading my RSS feeds (OPML) for all Flex 2 related blogs I’m subscribed to. (so you don’t have to hunt for them one by one!)

Introduction to Flex 2 РBeginners guide to Flex 2 framework
My Flex 2 RSS Feeds – My collection of RSS feeds related to Flex 2. Rename it to .opml extension and import it to your favorite RSS reader. I’d like to recommend Omea Reader (it’s free!).

If you are also interested to study Flex 2, I’d like to recommend the ff links below:

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