If you’d asked me a few years ago if I’d ever write a book, I would have laughed at the thought. All through high school and college I loathed writing anything more than a short answer, and when it came to writing papers, I was usually one of the people asking about the minimum length required for a passing grade. Now here we are, thousands of words and hundreds of pages later, and BJ and I have survived writing our first book, twice.

So how did I go from absolutely loathing writing to being willing to dedicate so many nights and weekends to writing this book? Since the first 1.0 release of the Flex framework, I’ve been a fan. I discovered Flex while I was distaining HTML/JavaScript and browser compatibility issues. I was trying to ...

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