Advanced ActionScript Components
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Macromedia's architecture is like a chest filled with precious jewels, and this book is quite simply the key to open it! One of the most important tools provided with Flash is the Macromedia Component Architecture: a framework of components written in ActionScript 2, based on established design patterns, that provides a wealth of functionality you can just bolt on to your Flash applications when desired. This can save you an enormous amount of time during application development and help you improve the quality of your code. What’s more, the source code is included, so if you can’t find the component you need within the component architecture, you can just modify existing components to create your own!
Expert Flash developer and author Antonio De Donatis gives you everything you need to master Flash components. In the first part, he shows you how the architecture works, how to create effective component-based applications, and how to create your own custom components from what’s already provided. The second part shows how XML can be used to effectively describe and dynamically create not only single component instances, but whole applications based on any number of components.
The last part of the book is a comprehensive reference to using all of the components already available in the Macromedia Component Architecture. It includes a specific chapter dedicated to each of the UI components like basic usage, component management, customization, and practical examples showing usage of each component.
Who is this book for?
This book is aimed at intermediate and advanced users with a good understanding of ActionScript, the Flash interface and XML. The book is especially interesting for developers with an interest in object oriented programming as the book uses this as a foundation for the code.
The book has a few chapters on how components work, how to build them and how to use them in your applications. The most extensive part is on how to modify the existing components of Flash. The books layout could be improved a bit as it relies heavily on minimalistic marked-up text and a few black and white screenshots, a more colourful layout with code blocks would be nice, but all in all it is very structured and functional. This book is an excellent reference for developers who want to learn to work with Flash Components.