Review: Flash Development for Android Cookbook by Joseph Labrecque

The world of mobile development is a new and exciting world for many Flash and Flex programmers.  They are learning about a whole new development platform, that utilizes a variety of technologies like accelerometers, GPS, cameras, microphones, and touch screens, just to name a few. Joseph Labrecque, employed by the University of Denver as senior interactive software engineer specializing in the Adobe Flash Platform, has written a clear and concise collection of recipes on these and other mobile development specific topics.

This book is not an introduction to development on the Flash Platform. Some familiarity with ActionScript is required. Nor is this book designed to have you work through an entire project from cover to cover (like the Classroom in the Book series). It is intended more as a reference guide.

For example, the chapter on using geolocation will walk you through the various class imports that are required, as well as the methods and functions that can be accessed, but it does not place it within context of an actual application. The advantage is the reader can see just the relevant code for using geolocation in their application, without have to create a ‘real-world’ demo, which often confuses the reader in the end.

Joseph does an excellent job in showing each topic for a variety of development environments. If you develop in Flash Professional, Flash Builder, or FDT, you will find this book useful.

“Flash Development fo rAndroid Cookbook” is one of my top recommended resources to anyone starting to develop in the mobile space.

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