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  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 2 edition (1 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144939017X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449390174
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2.1 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 714,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Beginner's Guide

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Rich Shupe has been teaching ActionScript programming to students of all levels since the language became available. He founded his own training and development company, FMA, in 1995. A recognized authority on several technologies, including Flash, Director and QuickTime, Rich is a full-time faculty member in the Computer Art Department at New York's School of Visual Arts. Learning ActionScript 3.0 has been called "the best book on ActionScript ever written," by evangelist and Flash community leader Lee Brimelow.

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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By Lee Hopkins on 31 Aug 2014
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Great book and helped me get through part of my uni course. I read the book first and then went through the lessons. Great and well written examples and explanations. It helped me in creating an action script game of Alex kidd. Superb book
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Awesome Followup 24 Mar 2011
By The Retropunk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This 2nd Edition of Learning Actionscript 3.0 by Rich Shupe is one of the best books I've come across for transitioning from AS2 to AS3.
If you have been afraid of AS3 or OOP (like I was) then this book is for you. It will help you understand the fundamentals and get you started on some advanced topics from a user-friendly point of view.
The unique thing about this book is how it uses concepts we already understand (cars, planes, etc) to ease you into OOP. The author has a knack for explaining things in a very straight forward manner without overwhelming you right away with terms like encapsulation and polymorphism.
I like the intro about Procedural vs OOP. Since I came from a design background with no OOP experience, it's refreshing to hear how OOP can sometimes be overkill and sometimes it's the only way to go. You also don't have to know or use OOP to use AS3, thats also a common misconception.
For me personally I use this book sometimes as a reference but often as just a good read (nerd alert!) A great companion book is Object Oriented Actionscript 3.0 by Peter Elst, Sas Jacobs and Todd Yard. It helped me when I wanted to go more in depth with OOP. Also check out Colin Moocks Essential AS3 book and Joey Lotts Design Patterns book. All must haves.
Some of the more memorable moments from Learning Actionscript 3.0 are the notes in the sidebar of certain pages. There are tons of great links to AS3 libraries that are a must! There is a nice snippet on Garbage Collection that really helped me get it when there was hardly anything to be found from Adobe! Thanks Rich!
Another thing I am excited about is the use of the companion site for updates and bonus chapters. Thats a smart idea. If they keep that up you'll really get your moneys worth! However, as of this review I wasn't able to find the bonus chapter on 3D but I'm sure it's right around the corner! (wink wink!)
The author could write a separate book about the use of Greensock (my fav too) Be sure to check out Rich Shupes Meet Loadermax video tutorials. Great job!
The chapter on Text, HTML, CSS and the TLF is robust and detailed testing. More great examples that every Flash developer uses. Designers should check out the TLF chapter especially.
This book is also a great intro to Math concepts, Physics and Trigonometry. Even though some of the concepts are advanced and often complicated, again Rich has a way of explaining it to you using everyday examples that you already know in order to relate. Great stuff.
The chapters on Sound and Video have more great real world examples that are easy to use. Compute Spectrum! Aw yeah!
If you love Flash like me, then you probably love how Flash interacts with XML. It's a perfect marriage. This chapter is one of my favorites and does a great job with examples. CDATA, CDATA, CDATA!
There are a few pages on using and loading binary data and how you can save JPEGs right from Flash. Custom screenshots anyone?

The companion site also has a nice resource section thats a must for your Flash boomarks […]

Overall this book is a must have if you are looking to get started in AS3 and even if you think you're a pro there will definitely be something in there that you didn't know before.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Poor quality and editing 26 Feb 2012
By Chrissy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was checking this book out for a class I'm teaching and the first time I opened it the cover came unglued. Never a good sign.
As I was reading along I got to page 47 and there is a code sample with a mistake in it. For readers like my students who are new to the subject this can be a real problem. For people trying to learn on their own this kind of error can kill confidence and prevent them from continuing.

You might be thinking a 1 star is too harsh but problems in quality and editing for a book of this type are unacceptable in my mind. Bottom line is a book shouldn't fall apart the first time you open it and the code samples should work...period.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Resource for Learning AS 3.0 5 Aug 2011
By Rachel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm currently on a mission to build an efficient AS flash website, and this book has been the most helpful by far for helping me on my quest. Before this book, I struggled through spotty references and pulled my hair out while waiting to get responses to my questions that were posted via online forums. I now have it sitting on my desk and it is filled with post-it notes, highlights and dog-eared pages. Everything flows in a logical order, yet you can still flip to different chapters to follow different exercises and not get lost. I especially love the downloaded examples and lessons... there is no greater way to learn. A quote by Lee Brimlow on the cover states that this book is "The best ActionScript book ever written," and I think that pretty much sums it up. Great job Rick and Zevan!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Gald to be Reading but a typo confused me... 3 July 2011
By K. Fitch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm glad to be learning from this book! However, I was unable to understand how a function never defined was being called (on page 47) and it turned out to be a typo/error. I'm new to ActionScript and I'm kind of delighted that I identified it as a mistake and verified that to be true... otherwise I would not have been able to make sense out of the situation. For people following along with the examples they would have caught it sooner, but I'm just reading through.
Great, great book for teaching yourself, and great resource down the road. 27 July 2011
By Emily - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I used Learning Actionscript 3.0 A Beginner's Guide to learn AS3 for a work project. I'm a designer that now uses Actionscript and other forms of code to make interactive graphics and the book is perfect. It's advanced enough to cover things I need to know for my projects, but written in a way that someone without a programming background can understand. I've used my copy of the book every time I've worked on a new project, so it's a great resource beyond the first project you learn from. I would recommend this book above any other, even online learning tutorials.
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