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ActionScript 3.0 for Adobe Flash CS3 Professional Hands-on Training (Lynda Weinman's Hands-On Training) Paperback – 25 Sep 2007

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  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (25 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321293908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321293909
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.8 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,177,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Although the sections are relatively easy to follow - and I am sure there are much worse books - there are few suggestions for exercises to use that knowledge. There should be sections at the end of each chapter where yo uput your knew found skills to the test.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Leigh on 8 May 2009
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I ordered this to learn more about Flash and this will do the job perfectly. Thank you for excellent service.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
This will get your feet wet, but it's not rigorous. 11 Jan. 2008
By artlmntl - Published on
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Knowing nothing about Actionscript and having pitifully little programming experience, I turned to this book as a first step in learning Actionscript. It is very much part of the "Type this, click that" teaching method, which is great for getting your feet wet. You read through and do the exercises and stuff happens on the screen. The author includes some detail about Actionscript, but he doesn't discuss anything in depth. I found myself wanting more information in just about every exercise.

For example, the book includes an exercise for making a sort of word game. The program has arrays of names, verbs, and nouns. The interface also has inputs for adding words to the arrays. When the player presses the "generate" button, the program is supposed to fill in the blanks with words from the lists. Unfortunately, I found that the program frequently fails to generate a word, leaving a hole in the sentence. I know that can be fixed; but if I want to fix it, I have to do research and fix it myself. The book goes no further.

Along the same line, most of the exercises are empty exercises. The author frequently ends sections with instructions to close the exercise windows without saving the work. Larger projects are not followed from start to finish, either. Everything is broken into bite-sized pieces and pre-digested.

I've never used Lynda products before. While I did get something out of the book, I wouldn't really recommend it because it's not rigorous enough to truly learn Actionscript programming. It's just an introduction. I suppose that's the idea. To get the full education, you have to buy more products and do more exercises. I will look elsewhere for more information and give this book three stars.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
The Twisted Review 12 Mar. 2008
By T. Brumwell - Published on
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I purchased this book expecting to get a good grasp on Actionscript 3.0 by the time I was finished. After going through 3/4 of the book, and exercises, I finally stopped.

Let me first mention what I have found/do find nice in this book.
1. On pages 4-5 there is a nice comparison between AS2 & AS3. Top-notch. I have not encountered another example as clear as this. Since then I have purchased 5 more major references to AS3 and none of them are as clear to me as this.
2. The operator & function list (p.55-56) is the best quick reference I have found yet.
3. The same goes for the accepted sound formats (p.297).
4. Having found an easier book to learn AS from scratch "Learning ActionScript 3.0 - A beginner's Guide". Now I value this book for my ability to find sample code quickly.

That being said...I had a very rough time learning with this book. The supposedly helpful explanations (on pages 29, 41, 49, 65, 133) are more confusing than helpful. Some better analogy would have served his purpose better. I hope this is changed in future revisions.

Another difficulty was that for each section, the book repeatedly uses the same illustration. This makes it difficult to learn.

This is not a beginner's book. But, after you get some AS under your belt, this book sure makes a decent reference.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Leaves something to be desired 2 Jan. 2008
By Robert Dennis - Published on
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ActionScript 3.0 for Adobe Flash CS3 Professional Hands-On Training

I can't understand the glowing reviews that were given by 2 people who were not users. Like all training, the book is overly simplistic having you type in code that they give you. I can't for the life of me understand how one can learn action script by this method (especially a beginner). The graphics included on the CD are also very simplistic and after 11 chapters of the same images boring.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Helpful compact reference 5 July 2008
By margot - Published on
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What this book does, it does very well. It illustrates the new syntax and methods of AS3, and shows you exactly how to use them. It is illustrated and organized so efficiently that it can function as a "cookbook" reference.

It's a deceptively compact book, very handsomely bound and thoroughly illustrated with color screenshot examples. It is much better printed than earlier lynda-dot-com H-O-T Flash books (cleaner typography, opaque paper for color printing), though inside there's a superficial family resemblance. You get a series of step-by-step, read-and-type exercises, as well as a few supporting video tutorials. It even uses the old "snowboarder" example that the H-O-T books have used for the last three versions of Flash.

As I say, the resemblance is only superficial. The tutorials are much more concentrated than is usual. The chapters and subsections are short--a key concept may be covered and demonstrated in just two or three pages--but this concentration of material can make it very slow-going, requiring two or three re-reads. The few videos provided seem to be there merely for tradition's sake and add little to the tutorials.

I recommend this book but do not recommend attempting to learn AS3 from this book alone. Its virtue is its limitation: the author covers all the basics, seldom digressing from his lessons, so you may feel cramped and distracted if you try to cover more than one chapter at time. What you're missing is commentary and elbow room, a sense of overall context and practical application. For this you should get the Shupe/Rosser book (Learning ActionScript 3.0) and two or three others.

You might also get Todd Perkins's follow-on to this book, '...Beyond the Basics,' also from lynda. Though more advanced, it recaps this book's material very well, and being a series of short video tutorials is easier to follow. Put both Todd Perkins efforts together, and you get one fine five-star tutorial on how to code ActionScript 3.0.

CORRECTION: When I wrote this I was unaware that Todd Perkins also had a DVD package with the same title. This consists of videos and exercise files and is really excellent, as is its successor, "...Beyond the Basics." If you want to learn AS3, I strongly recommend getting both the DVD sets, as well as this book as backup.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
confusing 6 May 2008
By Artist - Published on
Format: Paperback
I had a really tough time with this book. The explanations are inadequate and often very confusing. I found Learning ActionScript 3.0 by Rich Shupe much easier to understand. This book might be a nice reference for people who have some AS3 under their belt, I haven't tried using it for that purpose, but if you need a way into AS3, this book will frustrate you. Perkins may be good at programming, but a teacher he is not. He's completely out of touch with what it's like to be a creative person trying to learn programming and he has no idea how to bridge that gap. He's a computer geek, not a communicator. Shupe is better.
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