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简介 Book Description:
Web applications no longer need be powered by any one individual's data, and they don't need to be confined to the desktop. Developers can draw on a wealth of publicly available content, from providers such as Flickr, Amazon, Google, Twitter, and Last.fm, and combine it for use in their own applications. Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) makes it simple to bring previously web-only applications to the desktop, allowing them to run alongside traditional applications on an end user's computer.
In this book, you'll learn how to create mashup applications from the vast array of web services, feeds, and APIs using Adobe Flash and Flex together with HTML and JavaScript (Ajax). You'll be introduced to the various sources of information and the tools necessary to gather and reuse that information, and then you'll learn how to combine that content in a variety of ways.
You'll learn how to have desktop applications interact with online services such as Flickr, you'll learn how to use Amazon S3 for enterprise-level data storage, and you'll embrace technologies such as OpenID. In addition, you'll create abstract visualizations based on music sourced from Last.fm and consume Twitter content via RSS. You will also see how to use the Flash-native data format SWX along with PHP to create a Yahoo! weather widget.
You'll discover just why you may want to build a widget or a desktop application rather leaving things web-based; then you'll create an application using Flex Builder and AIR and learn how best to distribute it. With so many tools and so much data available, the possibilities for mashup creation are endless. Creating Mashups with Adobe Flex and AIR provides all you need to get you up and running quickly, while also giving you a solid understanding of the technologies involved so you can take things further—to a place limited only by your imagination.
In this book you'll learn
* how to use Flex 3 in conjunction with ActionScript 3.0 to build powerful applications;
* how you can use Adobe AIR to take your application from the Web and onto the
desktop;
* the differences between developing for the Web and for the desktop;
* how you can use the APIs of popular web services such as Flickr, Amazon, Google, Twitter, and Last.fm as data sources for your application; and
* how to optimize your applications for fast and efficient performance.
目录 Summary of Contents
* Chapter 1 Introduction to Mashups
* Chapter 2 Technologies to Mash With!
* Chapter 3 An Introduction to Flex
* Chapter 4 Flex Components
* Chapter 5 Flexing Your Muscles
* Chapter 6 Performance Management in Flex Applications
* Chapter 7 Debugging Flex 3: The Tried-and-True, Plus the New
* Chapter 8 Getting the Most out of APIs
* Chapter 9 Mashing Up Functionality
* Chapter 10 SWX: A Native Flash Data Format
* Chapter 11 Taking It to the Desktop
* Chapter 12 Developing for the Desktop with AIR
* Chapter 13 Adding More Desktop Elements to the Web
* Chapter 14 Building a Desktop Experience
* Chapter 15 Completing the Experience
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Chris Korhonen is a front-end developer and user experience designer with more than four
years of experience creating both internal and web applications for Fortune 100 companies.
Educated at the University of Durham and the University of Sussex, Chris has a solid programming
background in Java and the fundamentals of computer science and software engineering.
He has since shifted his attention to emerging front-end technologies including JavaScript, Flash,
and Flex, specifically, to how they can be used to create an engaging and effective user experience.
Originally based in Brighton, England, Chris has recently relocated to New York City. In his
spare time, he enjoys photography, cooking, and sampling new and exciting beers.
David Hassoun is the founder RealEyes Media LLC (http://www.realeyes.com), a Coloradobased
digital media firm focused on interactive motion media and advanced Flash/Flex platform
applications. David has always had a passion for motion media, the power of video, and the
challenges of usability and interactivity. David is an Adobe Certified Master Instructor, teaches
advanced RIA classes at the University of Denver, is the Rocky Mountain Adobe User Group
manager, and has taught and developed many successful advanced Flash/Flex application
courses. As a consultant or while employed with other firms, David has done work for a wide
range of companies such as American Express, Chase Manhattan, Qwest, Boeing, Macromedia,
Adobe, U.S. Air Force, Bechtel/Bettis, Mitsubishi Electronics, and many more. David has performed
many advanced code/technical/best practices reviews and has provided directional
advice for international industry leaders over the past years including many technical, courseware,
and application reviews for Macromedia/Adobe and their clients as an industry expert.
John Crosby, senior developer and partner at RealEyes Media in Denver, Colorado, has more
than eight years of experience with web, server-side, and application development. A Certified
Adobe Instructor, he has conducted training classes nationwide for Adobe Authorized Training
Partners. He has also authored and/or provided technical review for multiple Adobe Official
Curriculum courses as well as a number of nonofficial courses. A certified Flex, Flash, and
ColdFusion developer, he has been involved in many large- and small-scale projects involving
AIR, Flex, Flash, and ColdFusion. Aside from work, he is a wine enthusiast and classically trained
chef and still enjoys the fire and knives of the kitchen, as well as the efforts of other chefs and
cooks wherever he travels.
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