My next book, Professional Apollo is now listed on Amazon. I am honored to be joined by my co-authors Clint Modien, Ben Lucyk, Ryan Manning and Sir Keith Peters. This book is going to be Wrox’s flagship book on Apollo. We’re about 4 chapters into it and the experience has already been extremely rewarding. Every author has one goal in mind: To deliver the most comprehensive, informative and engaging book on Adobe’s new desktop development platform.
It represents a huge and exciting opportunity to reach an audience beyond most Flash/Flex books. Wrox dominates the marketplace with books on various desktop based technologies, like .NET and Java. They have been making a surge into web application development for quite some time. Wrox released one of the more comprehensive ActionScript 2.0 books (albeit a little late in the game) last April. Their Flex 2 book(due late May), which I served as a tech-reviewer on, looks incredible.
I had a great experience with Wrox doing my first book Yahoo! Maps Mashups and I am grateful to be working with them again on what we are all sure will be a hugely anticipated book. < Professional Apollo is geared towards a skilled audience, taking into account, however, that many typical desktop developers will need to acclimate themselves with web application technologies. Also in the approach, we are paying special attention to web developers who may be trying on the desktop app dev hat for the first time. (See my post on Apollo: Will Size Matter about a predicted change in development approaches.)
The book will cover coding apps will Flex, Flash and HTML/JS/Ajax. Several chapters will spend time on detailing the new APIs like file access and windowing. We are planning to write about 5 full-on real world example applications to give readers a greater understanding of the true capabilities of the platform. These apps should act as nice jumpstart points for all developers.
Since the book is based on alpha technology, I’m sure the title and release date will change a bit over time. We’re counting on and getting some great support from Adobe and many key industry colleagues which will ensure as comprehensive a publication as possible. Stay tuned for updates including a chapter outline, official book cover photo and chapter and code samples.