After what seems like a lifetime, I’m excited to announce that my Flex component book is finished — reviewed, edited, proofed, laid out and ready to get sent to the printers. For those who know me, this has been a long journey — not because I’m a slow writer; more because it was originally planned as a Flex 3 book and I had almost finished it when Flex 4 came along. Given that the technology market moves so rapidly it made sense to do a rewrite of the vast majority of the book and focus on the new Spark components. Suffice it to say this was easier said than done.
While it has taken a long time to finally make it into print, there is a benefit to rewriting from one SDK version to another. The changes between Flex 3 and Flex 4 were dramatic from a component architecture point of view and this meant that not only did I get up to speed with the new structure, but I also now have excess information that those who haven’t moved over to Flex 4 yet will, I’m sure, appreciate targeting Flex 3 and the Halo components.
So unless something dramatic happens between now and the new year, my first solo authored book should be hitting the book stores around January 17th. If you’re a Flex developer and you want to get familiar with the new Spark components then have a look and see what you think.