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Book Review: Flex 4 Cookbook

February 7th, 2011 Categories: Book Reviews, Flex 4, Flex Builder

I was much more impressed with Flex 4 Cookbook, from Joshua Noble, et al, than I was with Flex 3 Cookbook. I haven’t had a chance to try out all of the code snippets yet, but there are lots of good ones. I was especially glad that the authors were able to maintain focus on what Flex 4 brings to the table, meaning this is not a rehash of the Flex 3 book.

Of course they couldn’t resist the temptation to write a “How to create a project in Flash Builder” recipe… but even chapter one has some interesting things. Especially for those of us who have had our noses deep in Flex 3 for a long time. Recipe 1.6 – Creating Typed Vectors, and 1.7 – Use Event Bubbling (something I have to relearn every time I need it, for some reason) for example.

For experienced Flex developers who really want an overview of some of the powerful new features of Flex 4, I’d recommend digging into chapters 3 (Layout), 6 (Skinning and Styles), and 7 (Text and TextFlows).

For intermediate Flex developers, just go through the entire book.

And for beginning Flex developers, go get a different book. A beginner could definitely accomplish quite a bit with this book alone, but you’ll probably have better results with a book like Programming Flex 3 by Joey Lott. Full disclosure: I’ve never actually read it, but Programming Flex 2 remains the (first and) greatest book on Flex I’ve ever read.

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