Code samples from Adobe Flex 3.0 For Dummies

The compiled list of code samples from our Flex for Dummies book have been posted on the dedicated Flex for Dummies page of my blog. Each chapter (other than chapters 1, 4, 19, and 20) contains source code samples, and you can browse through them all online or download the code to run in Flex Builder yourself. We’ve double and triple checked everything to make sure it’s all error-free.

Download the code here.

screenshot071.jpgYou’ll see that each chapter contains two links, one to view the source code online and one to download a zip file. If you view the code online you can browse through each of the code listings for the chapter right in your web browser (and cut and paste to try running the sample yourself in Flex Builder). If you download the zip file you can get all the source files on your computer and load them right into Flex Builder yourself. Each chapter was created as a separate Flex project, so you can just create a new project for whichever chapter you like and copy over the files that are in the zip.

We’re still pulling together the last of the samples, so the code for chapters 2, 8, and 12 is on its way. We hope to have those chapters posted by the end of the week. My sincere apologies for not having the code samples online immediately when the book shipped. Wrapping up the creation and production of a book like this was a whirlwind of activity, and we certainly slipped a little in getting the code online.


A picture of my sent email box

Recently I haven’t been blogging at all. I’ve largely fallen off the face of the earth. Take a look at my sent emails from the past week and see if you can figure out why.


I use colored labels in gmail to help easily categorize emails. The blue just means it was an email I received to my personal email address (as opposed to the green which is to a work address). The grayish means it was sent to a mailing list (I responded to one thread on the papervision list and 3 on flexcoders). The green is for work (3). And then there’s the red. The red is anything that has to do with the Flex For Dummies book that we’re wrapping up.

So if I haven’t gotten back to you I apologize. The red consumes my life. But we’re close.


Writing Flex for Dummies!

I’m happy to announce that together with Deepa Subramaniam I’m writing Flex 3.0 for Dummies! We’ve begun writing and the tentative publication timeframe is “late spring/early summer” of 2008. The book will be published by Wiley and is the first Flex book in the For Dummies series. This is our first full-length book writing experience, and I’m both excited and nervous to take on the project. As things progress I’ll try to document the writing process here on my blog a bit. The book will be a beginner’s guide to learning Flex, and we hope it will fill an important gap in the currently available learning resources. We’re trying to make it easier than ever for new developers to jump into Flex.

For a little fun, here’s a random collection of Dummies books you can toss around:

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