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Facebook Graph API Development with Flash: Beginner’s Guide’s by Michael James Williams

Facebook Graph API Development with Flash: Beginner’s Guides by Michael James Williams, his twitter ID:@MichaelJW (Published by Packt Publishing Ltd. ISBN 978-1-849690-74-4, with TOC and Index) is a surprisingly comprehensive how-to book that should be on the book shelf of all levels of flash Developers, especially those who starting to work on Facebook API Development with Flash.

This work includes some of the topics that are covered in “Accessing the Graph API through a Browser,” traversing the Graph and other instances. But it goes well beyond that. Although I’ve been in writing my tutes in several flash websites for long time, I was delightfully surprised to read about some interesting topics that are rarely talked about in books of this kind.  In Chapter 5: Search Me; in Chapter 6: Adding to the Graph; quite interestingly in Chapter 7: FQL Matters (Yes, it is FQL, Facebook’s version of the database language SQL) and a lot more.

The scope and quality of this book is no doubt directly related to the excellent credentials of its author. Michael James Williams is a technical concept writer and freelance Flash developer. He is the technical editor for the tutorial website “Activetuts+” and also runs his own blog about Flash game development. He currently lives in England, in a nice little town that has both a river and a canal. As per his say, he has been using Facebook since it was just some site that his American housemate wouldn’t stop talking about.

His method of delivery is to introduce the main idea, the concept of a writing category, and then take the structural components of the document in question and explain each action component in detail. We can feel the patient hand of a well-seasoned developer leading the reader chapter by chapter towards knowing in detail.

For example, before explaining the individual components of this book (Abstract, Introduction, Body, Conclusion, pop quiz), the author first explain the major steps involved in approaching and researching. Much forethought and planning went into the preparation of this 324 pp. Beginner’s Guide, obviously.

Those who’d like to do some developing Facebook apps in Flash will be delighted by the chapter 6 devoted to “Adding to the Graph.” I found the list of topics of “Putting it online” on p. 265 very useful too.

Every chapter is capped by “Topics” section, which presents many visual elements that the reader/student is asked to cope with by coming up with the correct solution, as explained within the chapter.

The book is so thorough that even topics such as how to use Facebook features, what’s that got to do with the Graph API, and the basic rules of Facebook’s security restrictions and its access are also covered. Oh, let’s also not forget the delightful support of Packt Publication and others that adds a welcome light touch to this serious volume.

Highly recommended e-book for anyone who works or intends to work on Facebook applications as well as those learning in a classroom settings.

 

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Adobe Announces Availability Of Flash Player 10.1 For Mobile & Devices To Its Platform Partners ……..!!

Via Adobe, yesterday Adobe announce the availability of Flash Player 10.1 for Mobile.

“Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the release of Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 to mobile platform partners. Redesigned from the ground up with new performance and mobile specific features, Flash Player 10.1 is the first release that brings the full Web across desktops and devices. Mobile users will now be able to experience millions of sites with rich applications and content inside the browser including games, animations, rich Internet applications (RIAs), data presentations and visualizations, ecommerce, music, video, audio and more.

Already one of the top free apps on Android™ Market today, Flash Player 10.1 will be available as a final production release for smart phones and tablets once users are able to upgrade to Android 2.2 “Froyo.” Devices supporting “Froyo” and Flash Player 10.1 are expected to include the Dell Streak, Google Nexus One, HTC Evo, HTC Desire, HTC Incredible, DROID by Motorola, Motorola Milestone, Samsung Galaxy S and others. Flash Player 10.1 was also released to mobile platform partners to be supported on devices based on Android, BlackBerry, webOS, future versions of Windows® Phone, LiMo, MeeGo and Symbian OS, and is expected to be made available via over-the-air downloads and to be pre-installed on smart phones, tablets and other devices in the coming months.”

kris

Adobe Flash Platform Summit 2010 – Call for Proposals

Via Hemanth, Adobe is looking for ” Adobe Flash Platform Summit 2010 – Call for Proposals “

Do you want to speak at the Adobe Flash Platform Summit 2010 India? Do submit your proposals today for review! Hurry as the deadlines are near. Last date is 28th of this month. Visit http://www.developermarch.com/adobesummit/callforproposal.htmlto submit your relevant proposal for the event. Drop mails to us or me in case you have doubts or concerns. Submit it for either of the tracks below –

  • Develop – this track will find immediate resonance with Web Application, Desktop Application and Mobile Application developers from the world of ActionScript, Flex, Flash, ColdFusion, Java, PHP and .NET, including Game Developers. Architects creating multi-tiered enterprise systems that go beyond basic RIAs will also benefit from this track.
  • Design – this track will feature content for Application UI Designers, Interaction Designers as well as designers who currently specialize in web or video and want to expand their skills. If your goal is to create interactive content, applications or video for the browser, desktop, or devices using Adobe technologies then this is the track for you.

Mani

Addendum from krishna Raj:

This Adobe Flash Platform Summit is willbe held on the 24-25 August 2010 at the NIMHANS Convention Center in namma bengaLooru this year and I have planned to attend and looking forward to it!

This event which was earlier called the ‘Dev Summit‘, is touted to be biggest Adobe Flash Platform Summit in terms of topics for both developers and designers for wide range of  Web App, Desktop Apps and Mobile Apps.

The event will surely offer the best opportunities to learn from experts, meet and network with lots of designers and developer folks from across the sub-continent and interact with the Adobe team and their partners across both the days of the event.

Organizers are accepting speaker proposals right now, so if you have a topic of interest or proposal, you can submit it, and if its gets approved you can be a part of the speaker list at the event. Looks like 25th June is the last day for submitting  proposals!

There are also some good deals on the registration fee for the event, so the sooner you apply on or before 25th June , the better it will be!

Hope to meet you all at the event :)

kris

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Adobe Whitepaper – Rich Internet applications Across Devices: The Emergence Of Contextual Applications

 “At Adobe, we believe that this is a pivotal time in the history of software development. Cloud-based computing has combined with increased user expectations for interactivity and engaging experiences leading to the rise of rich Internet application (RIA) development. The creation of social networks and platform as a service (PaaS) offerings is enabling applications to grow at unprecedented rates by leveraging existing user networks.  The expanding number and diversity of Internet-connected devices has opened up additional software development platforms for developers and enabled them to create entirely new user interaction models and business opportunities. Together, these three technology trends are converging to deliver major innovations that will have lasting effects on the way web applications are built, delivered, and used.”

Adobe Unveils AIR on Mobile Devices; Flash Player 10.1 Up Right Here

@ BARCELONA, Spain.  At Mobile World Congress™ 2010 here,  Adobe Systems  today announced advancements to the Adobe® Flash® Platform including the unveiling of Adobe® AIR® on mobile devices, a consistent runtime for standalone applications to come out of the Open Screen Project™, an industry-wide initiative led by Adobe that has grown to close to 70 ecosystem partners. With support for the Android™ platform expected in 2010, AIR provides developers with a feature-rich environment for delivering rich applications outside the mobile browser and across multiple operating systems via mobile marketplaces and app stores. AIR leverages mobile specific features from Flash® Player 10.1, is optimized for high performance on mobile screens and designed to take advantage of native device capabilities for a richer and more immersive user experience.

Adobe also announced that a beta of Flash Player 10.1 was made available to content providers and mobile developers worldwide.

Rest of the post is here……..

And you can view or download a printable version of this article. (PDF: 69k )

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