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Essential ActionScript 3.0 [Paperback]

Colin Moock
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July 2 2007 0596526946 978-0596526948 1

ActionScript 3.0 is a huge upgrade to Flash's programming language. The enhancements to ActionScript's performance, feature set, ease of use, cleanliness, and sophistication are considerable. Essential ActionScript 3.0 focuses on the core language and object-oriented programming, along with the Flash Player API.Essential ActionScript has become the #1 resource for the Flash and ActionScript development community, and the reason is the author, Colin Moock. Many people even refer to it simply as "The Colin Moock book."

And for good reason: No one is better at turning ActionScript inside out, learning its nuances and capabilities, and then explaining everything in such an accessible way. Colin Moock is not just a talented programmer and technologist; he's also a gifted teacher.

Essential ActionScript 3.0 is a radically overhauled update to Essential ActionScript 2.0. True to its roots, the book once again focuses on the core language and object-oriented programming, but also adds a deep look at the centerpiece of Flash Player's new API: display programming. Enjoy hundreds of brand new pages covering exciting new language features, such as the DOM-based event architecture, E4X, and namespaces--all brimming with real-world sample code.

The ActionScript 3.0 revolution is here, and Essential ActionScript 3.0's steady hand is waiting to guide you through it.

Adobe Developer Library is a co-publishing partnership between O'Reilly Media and Adobe Systems, Inc. and is designed to produce the number one information resources for developers who use Adobe technologies. Created in 2006, the Adobe Developer Library is the official source for comprehensive learning solutions to help developers create expressive and interactive web applications that can reach virtually anyone on any platform. With top-notch books and innovative online resources covering the latest in rich Internet application development, the Adobe Developer Library offers expert training and in-depth resources, straight from the source.

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Colin Moock is an independent ActionScript expert whose world-renowned books have educated Flash programmers since 1999. He is the author of the canonical "Essential ActionScript 2.0" (O'Reilly, 2004) and "ActionScript for Flash MX: The Definitive Guide" (O'Reilly, 2003, 2001). Moock runs one of the web's oldest Flash developer sites, and is the co-creator of Unity, a client/server framework for creating multiuser applications.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Thick book so full of info June 6 2009
It's one of those programming books made for people who are used to no pretty images and a lot of code. It's a typical O'Reilly book.

It covers a lot from beginner variable declaration to pixel manipulation of images.

The table of content is well described enough to be used as a reference book later on. Some books I read before had information so scattered all over the book, it was impossible to go back and find that information fast.

Essential ActionScript 3.0 is an overall good book but for people who live in the code so don't expect big images taking a lot of space which in certain book makes the actual learning content very slim.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Detailed Look At ActionScript 3.0 July 27 2010
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Originally, i was slightly intimidated to read such a large book about AS3. Having read several other books on the subject, i was already fairly comfortable with AS3 and therefore chose to read this book in the hope of learning details about the language that other books simply do not discuss. Now having finished the book from cover to cover, I must admit that there were several times while reading this book when i would actually say aloud "no way!" or "get the f*** out!" as a pleasant reaction to learning something that i just never knew was common practice or even possible.

However, it is unfortunate that the book is now outdated and targets Flash Player 9, which means there is nothing at all about new aspects of Flash Player 10 like the Sound class or Vector arrays. That being said, because the book does give an insightful look into details that other books miss, I highly recommend this book to anyone who is serious about developing in ActionScript 3.0.
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This book is a great book and covers lots of aspects of ActionScript 3.0.
For all the developers coming from AS 2.0 this book makes the migration smoother.
There are lots of valuable tips that can be learned from the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Aug. 18 2014
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Good product
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Sept. 13 2007
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"...character is simply programming jargon for letter, number, punctuation, and so on."

This IS an excellent book even for beginners.
This is NOT the book for seasonal JavaScript hackers.
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