Learning ActionScript 3.0: The Non-Programmer's Guide to ActionScript 3.0 Paperback – Dec 23 2007
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About the Author
Rich Shupe has been designing and developing with Flash since it was called FutureSplash, and has been teaching ActionScript programming to all levels of students since ActionScript became available.He founded his own training and development company, FMA, in 1995, and has been its president and technical director ever since. He is a recognized authority on several technologies, including Flash, Director and QuickTime. In addition to his production experience, Rich has been teaching professionally for 10 years, and is a full-time faculty member at New York's School of Visual Arts' Computer Art Dept. in both the Bachelors and Masters programs. He has also taught or lectured internationally for such organizations as London's Royal Academy of Art, Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry, New York University, and United Digital Artists, as well as trade shows such as MacWorld, QuickTime Live, FlashForward, Macromedia DevCon, and more. In a previous life, he worked with rock band/performance-art pioneers The Residents.
Zevan Rosser is a freelance designer/programmer/consultant and computer artist. He teaches ActionScript and Flash animation at New York's School of Visual Arts and FMA. When he's not working on commercial projects he works on his personal site, http://www.shapevent.com.
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You can download three sample chapters from the Adobe Developer connection ([...]) to see for yourself.
A lot of Actionscript 3 books will tie the language into Flex and AIR... Two areas of Adobe's product suite that I have no concept or experience with.
So, this part from the book's "What Is- and Isn't- In This Book: What's Not" was really what pushed me into getting the book initially: "This book focuses on ActionScript 3.0, which applies to most segments of the
Flash platform but is presented within a Flash CS3 Professional context. As such, it does not include coverage of Flex, AIR, Flash Media Server, or other evolving Flash platform technologies."
That helped a lot for me. Next, I find the conversation style of the content very easy to read. I have chosen to type out the code examples as they appeared in the text (and constructing my own flash media images and movie clips) rather than use the existing digital files, so I can have practice actually assembling projects on my own. So far I'm not half way through the book, but it looks very promising, and I only had one difficulty with the code in the book so far- which was a result of Adobe changing a setting in Flash's publish function.Read more ›
Most recently, I purchased another O'Reilly book titled Essential ActionScript 3.0 but after getting about 20 pages into it I realized that this book, although a good book as well, was meant more as a reference book for experienced ActionScript programmers, which I was not. I decided to search for a book that would allow me to walk before I run.
An Internet search presented me with several choices but the thing that caught my eye with this book was the sub-title "A Beginner's Guide". As I started to read the book I quickly realized that I had found exactly what I was looking for, a beginner's guide to ActionScript 3.0.
The book is well-written and concise with each chapter building on the next. Further, I had a question that I submitted through the companion Web Site and the author (not a help desk representative) replied within hours! Very impressive!
To use a football analogy, for the last several years I have been a running back, running up and down the line looking for a hole and finally I have found it!
Best regards - Joseph Albanese
"Learning ActionScript 3.0", by Rich Shupe and Zevan Rosser is, overall, a great introduction to AS3. The chapters are well organized, with a quick run-through of some familiar ActionScript concepts and code. If you've written any ActionScript before, you can skip this part, or skim through it just for some reassurance that not everything in AS3 is completely different from what you already know.
The subsequent chapters cover major aspects of ActionScript programming, ranging from graphics to sound and video to loading pretty much any sort of data. For example, the new display list in AS3 is thoroughly and clearly explained; as somebody still relatively new to AS3 I found this to be a pretty significant change to the way I think about Flash, so I appreciated how well the authors covered this part of AS3. And if you think that everything in AS3 only got more complicated, this book is worth it alone for the chapter on working with XML. These and other topics are explained clearly and thoroughly. The authors are both teachers at New York's School of Visual Arts, and their experience as educators shows through in their writing.Read more ›
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An excellent book to put you on the road to learning AS3. Well written with lots of usable examples that really work.Published on July 27 2009 by Carol Carruthers
This book is subpar for a beginner. My biggest complaint has to do with the code snippets. The code snippets in the book do not match the downloadable code for each chapter in a... Read morePublished on March 11 2009 by surfingmoose
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