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Certified Macromedia Flash MX Developer: Study Guide Paperback – 23 Dec 2002

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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Macromedia Press; 1 edition (23 Dec 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321157303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321157300
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,546,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Elstad, Luke Bayes and Neeld Tanksley are all employees of specializes in the design and development of sophisticated Flash applications for use in the areas of learning, science and e-commerce. They create interactive media for use at demonstrations, prototypes, promotions and entertainment.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Lewis on 13 April 2004
Format: Paperback
I can't help feeling that the previous reviewer missed the point of this book somewhat.
The authors are at pains to point out that this book is intended to be a "refresher", rather than something that will teach you everything you need to know in order to pass the MM exam; something to point you in the right direction, and give you an idea of what areas of study you need to concentrate on.
The content is broken down logically enough, and most readers will probably find that they know some of the bits inside out already, while others are worryingly unfamiliar (which, again, is the whole point of the book).
I studied for the exam with this study guide, a copy of Colin Moock's excellent "ActionScript for Flash MX", and of course the program open in front of me, and it helped me to cover everything I needed to know.
The authors of the book state clearly that is no guarantee which subjects will be covered by the exam, and my personal experience was that there were a few curve balls in there, just to keep you on your toes.
All in all, the book does exactly what it says (as opposed to what the previous reviewer says); it acts as a guide to your study.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Sep 2003
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While the description describe this book as the one and only you need to do your exam. I found it's just not what it says on the tin. The problem is the writer spend a lot of time to rubbish on FlashMX technology (especially on Remoting) while the actual exam ask a lot of question on Remoting. Then the next problem is just too brief! every thing is like this is not important that is not important. While the exam go the other way.
Its OK if you know FlashMX inside out but need a little refresher. But don't depends on this one alone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
a very good survey 31 Jan 2003
By Eric La Rocca - Published on
Format: Paperback
@mike: This book is on shelves, I read it for a couple of weeks !!
Like cover says, it's a good collection of what has to be known to pass dev certification. Of course, first quarter is childish for a programmer but is well written and crystal-clear for a novice. But quickly we realize that there's a lot to know and to know well.
Do not mistake in considering questions on this book as like-certification questions. It just remind you the chapter content.That's all !
A very good invest as a handy summary; but no miracle; beginners won't go far with it only (you won't be able to avoid Moock's and Hall's references and...practice of course ;-)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good review 12 Feb 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book was a good review of the basics and definitely one you should pick up if you need a quick review. That is, of course, what it was intended to be.
It doesn't have a lot of high-end coverage, however, so if you're looking for that type of review, this book isn't the absolute best source.
In any case, it's worth it!
Overall lacking 6 Nov 2003
By Alan C. Bryant - Published on
Format: Paperback
The criteria I used to rate this book is how it relates to the actual exam and how helpful it was in preparing for the exam since that is really its sole purpose. If you are looking for a book on how to use Flash or to become better acquainted with the application then you would do better to just read the help files that come with Flash or buy a book that goes into more of the "how to" than this guide.
Overall it was a very high level review of Flash MX and only went into some detail on some particular areas. This is not necessarily bad since a good review should be high level to some degree so as to not cover material that is unnecessary however the review should be focused on areas the test actually addresses. This book does a very poor job in that area. In addition the sample questions are nothing like what you will encounter in the test. While reading through the guide and doing the sample questions I remember thinking to myself that the test surely could not be this simple or it would make the certification really worthless.
I have worked with Flash and many other programming languages such as JAVA and C++ for many years and only purchased this book to use as a guide to know what to brush up on. I did very well on the test but no thanks to this study guide. I would have given this book no stars at all but in the back there is a coupon that gives you 15% of the certification test fee which comes out to be almost the price of the book. So basically it is difficult to give a book that is almost free a complete failing grade.
Relates to the exam? = 1
How helpful in preparation for the exam? = 0
Price = 1
Co-Author Explains Discrepancies Between Book and Exam 29 Mar 2004
By John Elstad - Published on
Format: Paperback
I'm one of the co-authors of this book. I would like to address the discrepancies some reviewers have noted between the book and the exam.
We were contracted to write this book and were given a general structure of what topics needed to be covered, and to what extent. This structure was intended to match that of the exam. We followed these guidelines as closely as possible and wrote the best book we could based on the many criteria we were given.
From what I can tell, at some point after the book went to press Macromedia changed the structure of the exam. Subjects that had only comprised a small amount of the text were now major portions of the exam and vice versa. There was nothing we could do but hope that the well-rounded approach we chose for teaching AS would still cover the exam material well as well as help potential test takers identify areas of weakness in their experience.
As has been pointed out in other reviews, the book provides good overall coverage of ActionScripting complete with solid code examples. I still believe it would be a handy resource for someone considering taking the exam, although it can no longer be considered a complete reference.
Could have been better 11 Jan 2004
By Stephen Garcia - Published on
Format: Paperback
First of all, this book was created because Macromedia Flash certification is getting more respect and the desire to obtain certification is growing. Because of the lack of example exams and general knowledge on what to expect people are hungry for a good study guide.
This is not a good study guide. It covers the easy topics with great detail. It talks about things that don't show up on the exam (i.e. good coding style). It skips over more difficult topics and suggests that the reader find a good reference.
I recommend that you read Colin Moock's reference, then if you want a good study guide download the test outline from Macromedia and buy the condensed pocket reference to Mr. Moock's book.
Study, and practice and you're sure to pass. Just don't expect much from this book.
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