Flex 3 Cookbook
Code-Recipes, Tips, and Tricks for RIA Developers
Publisher: O'Reilly Media / Adobe Developer Library
Final Release Date: May 2008
Pages: 704

The best way to showcase a powerful new technology is to demonstrate its real-world results, and that's exactly what this new Cookbook does with Adobe Flex 3.

Wide ranging and highly practical, Flex 3 Cookbook contains more than 300 proven recipes for developing interactive Rich Internet Applications and Web 2.0 sites. You'll find everything from Flex basics, to solutions for working with visual components and data access, to tips on application development, unit testing, and using Adobe AIR.

You also get ideas from the development community. Through its Flex Cookbook website (www.adobe.com/devnet/), Adobe invited Flex developers to post their own solutions for working with this technology, and from hundreds of posts, the authors chose the best and most useful solutions to supplement Flex 3 Cookbook.

Each recipe inside provides a solution to a common problem, explains how and why it works, and offers sample code that you can put to use immediately. Topics include:

  • Containers and dialogues
  • Working with Text
  • Data driven components
  • DataGrid and Advanced DataGrid
  • ItemRenderers and Editors
  • Images, bitmaps, videos, and sounds
  • CSS, styling, and skinning
  • States and effects
  • Working with Collections, arrays, and DataProviders
  • Using DataBinding
  • Validation, formatting, and regular expressions
  • Using Charts and data visualization
  • Services and Data Access
  • Using RSLs and Modules
  • Working with Adobe AIR

Whether you're a committed Flex developer or still evaluating the technology, you'll discover how to get quick results with Flex 3 using the recipes in this Cookbook. It's an ideal way to jumpstart your next web application.

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This book is a good book for Flex 3

By oldgoat

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  • Concise
  • Helpful examples


    Best Uses

    • Intermediate

    Comments about oreilly Flex 3 Cookbook:

    This is used for reference for Flex 3


    I Really Needed Chapter 5 and 19

    By Harley Powers Parks

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    Comments about oreilly Flex 3 Cookbook:

    There are quite a few different resources, some are good too, however, there really are never enough examples for the different situations we all have, right? Even the adobe live docs are good and will save you time if you use them to get started, however, what's really really helpful is to cut and past in code (provided) built on common scenarios, like this cookbook, compile it, then modify it a bit to work with a different configuration more along your own needs. I don't know if it would help everyone else to have a Flex 3 Cookbook forum, with chapter mods made by users to specific examples or combination of chapters, but I know chapter 5 and 19 really helped to understand how to work with Trees and xml data coming from a server.

    I have the online pdf book, which I keep bookmarked in my browser for easy reference. for me, it's one less book i need to lug around, and I for sure have at least a few books as references. However, because you need specific sections, you don't need to be flipping through the more definitive references. This is a must have book, you can't not not have this online version, even if you buy the hardcopy.

    Flex 3 Cookbook Code-Recipes, Tips, and Tricks for RIA Developers By Joshua Noble, Todd Anderson

    May 2008

    Pages: 704

    cost: 44.99 print, 35.99 ebook, or both 58.49


    A must have!

    By Fraser Crcosbie

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    Comments about oreilly Flex 3 Cookbook:

    I just finished skimming through this book and have decided that every Flex developer should own a copy. I have been developing Flex applications for over a year now and I still managed to learn a ton of new things from this book. The authors have done an excellent job of formatting the book into problem and solution scenarios. Quick and easy answers. The book starts off with issues a Flex noob might encounter and then proceeds all the way up to issues a Flex pro might encounter. Each solution includes code and a discussion/explination. This book is not really a cover to cover read, but more of a quick reference that you want to have within an arms reach while coding. I still recommend skimming through it when you first get it, because I'm sure you'll learn a bunch of new tidbits right off the bat.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    Great book - Can we ger the xml also?

    By Mike H

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    Comments about oreilly Flex 3 Cookbook:

    This is a great book. Fantastic job getting the quick answers I needed. Thanks for making the code available on line. Any chance you can also include the assets directory that is referenced int he code.

    For example we need assets/homesforsale.xml.


    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


    where's the code?!

    By Dan

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    Comments about oreilly Flex 3 Cookbook:

    This book friggin rocks, but I can't find the sample code anywhere for it!!!

    ...no question i would've given this book 5 stars if I didn't just waste an hour trying to find the stupid sample code :(

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


    Great cookbook! But where to get the recipes' code?

    By Dirk V. Schesmer

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    Comments about oreilly Flex 3 Cookbook:

    A very good approach to get thing done !

    But unfortunately, I am not able to find the link to downlaod the code! Can please anyone tell me how to get in touch with the recipes' code?


    Dirk V. Schesmer


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