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Learning Flex 4 by Elijah Robison, Alaric Cole

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Chapter 18. What Comes Next?

IN THIS CHAPTER

Third-Party APIs

Print Resources

Online Resources

Certification

Enfin

“I had witnessed the start. I was sure of that much.”

Hunter S. Thomspon

Are you feeling experimental, unstoppable perhaps? If so, that’s great. Those traits certainly describe some of the best developers, and it’s a good indication that you’re ready to tackle a serious project.

On the other hand, maybe you’re feeling a little daunted? If so, don’t worry. Just keep at it. Speaking from our collective experience, the best thing you can do is identify a similar or a related topic and study it, then repeat. Sooner or later something will “click,” and shortly thereafter you’ll experience a fantastic, euphoric moment when an application or key function just works. When it happens, it feels like winning the lottery. So trust us: if this work interests you, it’s worth your while to continue pursuing that magic moment.

If you’re still relatively fresh on the learning curve, remember, the best developers learned to count from 1 before they learned to count from 0. The point is, transitioning from apprentice to master craftsman won’t happen overnight. Like the apprentice, you need time and practice.

So, where do you go from here?

One of the biggest indicators may be decided by your innate preferences. If you hated Chapter 16 (integrating PHP/MySQL), but loved Chapter 14 (effects), then consider finding a collaborator to handle server-side development while you focus on the rich and engaging ...

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