Automating ActionScript Projects with Eclipse and Ant
Code, Compile, Debug and Deploy Faster
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: October 2011
Pages: 98

Automating repetitive programming tasks is easier than many Flash/AS3 developers think. With the Ant build tool, the Eclipse IDE, and this concise guide, you can set up your own "ultimate development machine" to code, compile, debug, and deploy projects faster. You’ll also get started with versioning systems, such as Subversion and Git.

Create a consistent workflow for multiple machines, or even complete departments, with the help of extensive Ant code samples. If you want to work smarter and take your skills to a new level, this book will get you on the road to automation—with Ant.

  • Set up your Eclipse work environment with Eclipse plugins, including the FDT code editor and the Mylyn task manager
  • Enable several developers to work on the same project simultaneously with a versioning system
  • Walk through the basics of Ant, and use sample code to create your first script
  • Compile and debug your Ant build with FDT or the Flex SDK
  • Apply Ant to mobile development for both the Android Platform and iOS, using the Android SDK and Adobe Air
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        Comments about oreilly Automating ActionScript Projects with Eclipse and Ant:

        This book is full of tips for the intermediate ActionScript developer: helps setting up your development environment and keep organized with source code management basics. Then, the ANT part explains clearly how to write useful ANT scripts to automate, document, publish your ActionScript projects.

         
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            Reads well; very quick & easy to read. I liked the fact it wasn't a humungous tome to read through and it was readable from the outset.

             
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            A great read for any AS3 developer

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              Comments about oreilly Automating ActionScript Projects with Eclipse and Ant:

              I wish I had this book when I first started to code AS3, it gives a good review of some best practices to streamline your development workflow, from basic setup of the IDE (focused on Eclipse/FDT) to automatic compilation, deployment and publishing.
              I love the fact that it includes instructions about integration with Source code management and issue tracking, too often these primordial aspects of a developer's work are completely overlooked.
              On the downside, a chapter dealing specifically with PlayBook development would have been welcome since AIR was the primary platform on this device, there are dedicated chapters covering Android and iOS though.
              Overall its a great book, giving a concise and complete presentation on the subject, it is accessible (and recommended) to beginners, and more advanced devs will certainly find a handful of good tricks in there.

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