It strikes me that with all the excitement in developer kitchen these days, it feels a bit like
the explosive growth of the early days of the World Wide Web back in the 90's. There are
some changes now, though. One of the big changes now, is that we now have all these
form factors with various screens instead of those clunky desktop PCs and CRTs!
Smart phones and other devices have turned our cell phones into our pocket sized
computers. Yes, I said computers! Like it or not, for much of the modern world, our
personal computers of today, now t in our pockets, and they are part of our daily lives
and routines as we move through the world.
Mmmmmm...Yummy! Pocket-sized Android device treats for desert, anyone?!
Android with a dash of Flash
So, how does Adobe t into all this? Well, Adobe has been hard at work over the past
few years rening their suite of tools and products to help with the growing challenge
of allowing designers and developers to design, develop, and deploy compelling mobile
and device experiences, faster, better, and easier. There is no shortage of exciting and
compelling stream of news and innovations coming from Adobe's Engineering 'kitchen'
these days as I write this passage!
Adobe Flash, Flex, and AIR have been retooled, retrotted, and enhanced to make it
signicantly easier for existing Flash and Flex professionals to start leveraging Adobe
Creative Suite and other tools to target not only Android but also OS, BlackBerry Tablet
OS, and other mobile and device platforms soon to come. To me, the Flash Platform is
like a fork utensil. When it's appropriate, by all means use it to your advantage, especially
when trying to get food into your mouth!
The general idea of write once, tweak, and deploy to as many supported targets as
possible is a very real; and attainable goal when you look at what Adobe can provide
these days. Whether you're a long-time Flash veteran new to the mobile aspects
developing for Android, or whether you're a seasoned native Android developer curious
about the Flash Platform; you'll nd recipes to help quench your thirst and ll your belly.
All you have to do is give it a try and see the results!
This book will help you do that! So "What's Cooking" in this Book?
As a famous chef might say in his famous cooking shows in the US, "BAM"!
In this title, Joseph takes you through some recipes on how to leverage your existing Flash
and ActionScript skills to build for Android Platform. I have gotten the unique pleasure
of seeing some of the early material. Strap on your coding apron and get ready to bake
some code recipes very soon, my fellow readers!