Flex on Rails: Building Rich Internet Applications with Adobe Flex 3 and Rails 2
- By Tony Hillerson, Daniel Wanja
- Published Dec 23, 2008 by Addison-Wesley Professional. Part of the Developer's Library series.
- Copyright 2009
- Dimensions: 7 X 9
- Pages: 360
- Edition: 1st
- ISBN-10: 0-321-54337-8
- ISBN-13: 978-0-321-54337-0
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Product Author Bios
Tony Hillerson is a Software Architect for EffectiveUI. He graduated from Ambassador University with a BA in MIS. On any given day, he may be working with Flex, Java, Rails, Maven, Ant, Ruby, Rake, Capistrano, or shell scripts. Tony maintains RubyAMF, a Rails plug-in that allows Flex applications to pass AMF messages to and from Rails. Tony has been a speaker at 360|Flex, Adobe MAX, and RailsConf, as well as local user groups. In his nonexistent free time, Tony enjoys playing the bass, playing World of Warcraft, making electronic music, brewing beer, learning Latin, and studying philosophy. Tony lives outside Denver, Colorado with his wife and son, Titus.
Daniel Wanja, a native of Switzerland, currently lives in Denver, Colorado. He has lived in Denver for more than six years with his wife and three children, ages 5, 3, and 5 months. Daniel is a dynamic, skilled enterprise software architect and developer with over 20 years’ experience. He has worked in the banking, insurance, and high-tech industries around the world delivering mission-critical software. Daniel is president and part owner of two Flex and Ruby on Rails consulting agencies, Nouvelles Solutions, Inc., in Denver, http://n-so.com, and ProDesign Sarl in Geneva, Switzerland, http://prodesign.ch. Daniel started the http://onrails.org blog on Ruby on Rails and related matters in 2005.
“There’s no question you’re going to be a better Flex and Rails developer when you’re done reading this book.”
–From the Foreword by Matt Chotin, Senior Product Manager, Adobe Systems, Inc.
Adobe Flex enables the rapid development of rich and engaging user experiences. Ruby on Rails dramatically simplifies the development of database-driven web applications. Now there’s a book that shows how to use the newest versions of both frameworks together to create state-of-the-art Rich Internet Applications (RIAs).
Flex on Rails begins with the absolute essentials: setting up your environment for Flex and Rails, passing data with XML, and integrating Flex front-ends with Rails back-ends. Then, using practical, easy-to-understand code examples, the authors take you from the basics to advanced topics only discussed in this book. Techniques covered here include
- Constructing sophisticated interfaces that can’t be created with AJAX alone
- Using RESTful services to expose applications for access via APIs
- Testing Flex and Rails together
- Using Flex Frameworks
- Getting Flex into your build/deploy process
- And more…
The authors also offer practical introductions to powerful complementary technologies, such as RubyAMF and Juggernaut.
Written by developers with extensive experience using both frameworks, this book covers the new Adobe Flex 3 and Ruby on Rails 2 from the ground up. Even if you have minimal experience with Flex or Rails, you’ll learn all you need to know to use them to build exceptional production applications.
Please visit the complementary website at www.flexonrails.com.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: Flex on Rails: Building Rich Internet Applications with Adobe Flex 3 and Rails 2 (Paperback)If you know Rails and Flex, and if you are <em>desperately</em> looking for a book that can guide you to Integrate Flex and Rails, then this is the book to buy.
I was actually waiting to read the book Enterprise Flexible Rails, but as you can see, the book will not be published.
*Firstly, I would like to appreciate the authors for the sample code published in GitHub. They are ready to serve and very well organized.
*It has a right combination of addressing Flex and Rails. This book can sure help you to build enterprise level Flex based application with Rails backend.
*Got lots of tips, collections and receipes that you may not find easily in Internet
*Chapter 8 is very useful in getting an overview of Cairngorm and PureMVC, and the sample codes were also driven with it.
*Has a detailed Chapter on Testing using Fluint, something that is important for developers who loves TDD/Agile
*One thing I very much liked the quality of the... Read more
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgments from Tony Hillerson xxi
Acknowledgments from Daniel Wanja xxii
About the Authors xxiv
PART I: Flex and Rails Essentials
Chapter 1: Developing with Flex and Rails 3
Installation: What You Need to Get Running 3
The Structure of a Flex and Rails Application 6
The Example Code 9
Compiling MXML 9
Running the Rails Server 9
Chapter 2: Passing Data with XML 11
XML in Rails 11
XML in Flex 14
Getting XML to Flex 17
Sending XML to Rails 19
Mapping Data Types 21
Error Handling 25
Chapter 3: Flex with RESTful Services 29
Creating the Stock Portfolio Rails Application 29
Accessing Our RESTful Application with Flex 39
Chapter 4: Using Fluint to Test a Flex with Rails Application 49
Using Fluint to Write Your Flex Unit Tests 50
The Basics of Testing a Flex Application 51
Testing a Cairngorm-Based Application 59
Using Fixtures 79
Chapter 5: Passing Data with AMF 85
What Is AMF? 85
Benefits of AMF 86
A Simple RubyAMF Example 95
A RESTful RubyAMF Integration 101
Chapter 6: Debugging 105
Command Line Debuggers 117
Debugging Communication 127
Chapter 7: Data Visualization 131
Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) 133
Advanced DataGrid 144
Chapter 8: Flex MVC Frameworks 153
What Do We Mean by a Framework? 153
Roll Your Own 154
Cairngorm at a High Level 154
PureMVC at a High Level 159
Chapter 9: Performance and Optimization 185
Flex Performance 185
Rails Performance 206
PART II: Cookbook Recipes
Chapter 10: Source Control Flex and Rails Projects 215
Ignoring Files in Subversion 215
Chapter 11: Building Flex with Rake 221
Rake Is Your Friend 221
The Rakefile 222
Chapter 12: Deploying Flex and Rails Applications 227
Deploying with Capistrano 228
Chapter 13: Read the Source! 233
The Beauty of Open Source 233
The Rails Source 235
Flex Source 238
Generated Flex Source 240
Chapter 14: Using Observers to Clean Up Code 245
BindingUtils and ChangeWatchers in Flex 245
Taking Action on ActiveRecord Lifecycle Events 248
Chapter 15: Authenticating 251
Authenticating Users 251
Installing restful_authentication 251
Chapter 16: Reusing Commands with Prana Sequences 259
Prana’s EventSequence 261
Chapter 17: Hierarchical Data with RubyAMF 267
Nested Sets 267
Chapter 18: Advanced Data Grid and Awesome Nested Set 275
Create the Rails Application and Database 275
Creating a Script to Load the Data 276
Flex Application 279
Adding CRUD 282
Chapter 19: Runtime Flex Configuration with Prana 289
IoC, Eh? 289
Chapter 20: Server Push with Juggernaut 295
Push Technology 295
Creating the Rails Messaging Application 297
Creating the Flex Messaging Client Application 299
Building the Samples 304
SWFObject and Prototype 305
ExternalInterface in Action 305
Flex-Ajax Bridge in Action 309
Chapter 22: File Upload 313
File Upload 313
Creating the Rails Application and Installing attachment_fu 315
Using Flex’s FileReference Class to Upload
One or Several Files 316
Using Flex URLLoader Class to Upload a PNG File 318
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