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  • Paperback: 1056 pages
  • Publisher: Macromedia Press; 1 edition (3 Nov. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321228413
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321228413
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 5.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,750,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

The ActionScript 2.0 Language Reference for Macromedia Flash 8 is a comprehensive reference manual that describes the application programming interface (API) for Macromedia Flash Player, the most pervasive client runtime environment in the world. It includes valuable syntax and usage information; detailed descriptions of classes, functions, properties, and events; and copy-and-paste code samples for every element in the ActionScript language.

The ActionScript 2.0 Language Reference for Macromedia Flash 8 will help you:
•    Learn how to use specific APIs efficiently and effectively
•    Understand the range and variety of functionality ActionScript offers
•    Repurpose Macromedia-tested code in your own applications

Powerful development and design tools require thorough and authoritative technical advice and documentation. When it comes to Macromedia Flash, no one is more authoritative than Macromedia Development and writing teams. Now their official documentation is available to you in printed book form. As you work, keep this guide by your side for ready access to valuable information on using Flash. We’ve designed it so that it’s easy to annotate as you progress.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

We have put together a team of Flash community leaders to author important articles of interest to those using ActionScript and ActionScript 2.0: aYo Binitie, Jeremy Brown, Randy Drisgill, Alistair McLeod, William Sanders, Jeff Tapper, and Steven Webster. Together these community leaders have contributed to numerous publications and have been mainstays at Flash conferences around the world.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Feb. 2004
Format: Paperback
As everyone who's working with FlashMX2004 will already know, the documentation and Help files that accompany the application are woefully inadequate. As someone who feels that a printed dictionary for AS2.0 should have been included in the box (and at around $400 for an upgrade up here in Scandinavia - at least something more than just a CD would've been nice...), then the fact that MM are not charging so much for this volume softens the blow of having to buy it.
BUT (there had to be one, right?) the problem really is that the book is so full of typos and simple mistakes, that it is almost worthless. Even the errata (on the publisher's website) has mistakes! (and gives up without covering even half the mistakes i found).
As far as the dictionary is concerned, if you're expecting something of the standard of Colin Moock's books, you'll be terribly disappointed: the definitions are poorly written, and often innaccurate or simply confusing.
What's more, some of the "Flash Community Leaders" seem to have seen inclusion in the book as an opportunity to market their companies as shamelessly as possible - in one chapter a couple of Scottish guys compete to see how they can mention the name of their company on every page.
If you're a beginner to OOP (as i am), then one chapter is worth reading: Article 5 by Jeff Tapper is a brilliantly clear exposition of the fundamental concepts: i suggest you stand in the bookshop and read that chapter - then send Mr Tapper a few dollars for his efforts. None of the other authors deserve it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Aaron on 21 April 2004
Format: Paperback
If, like me you like to have a manual on your lap when working through apainful piece of AS code this is the only real resource from the source.My only reservation is that some of the articles that have been added topad out this book are of mixed quality and some are very self-severingexercises in publicity. The articles directly from MM are better. I wouldhave liked to see a more transparent explanation of components, but youcan find this in Object-Oriented Programming With ActionScript 2.0 byTapper, Talbot & Haffner. All of these complaints are very minor and donot detract from the value of this book, but I would like to see a pocketsized version, it is too heavy to hold on my lap and type for very long.
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I don't really agree with the other negative reviews. We have used this book at work for some time now, and if it's always been very helpful. If you don't like the articles, don't read them, but I have found them really helpful.

This is more than just a reference or a dictionary, it has in depth and well-written accounts of object oriented programming. In fact, it has some of the best writing on the subject I've seen.

A great book - I'm just about to buy another copy.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Total ripp off [zero stars] 2 April 2004
By J. Mulder - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
First of all, I am not that much of a review writer, but feel I have to add to the reviews above. I bought this book before the reviews above were written. If only I had waited. Anyway: why is this a ripp off?
1. it should have come with the software in the first place as the new help function within flash is totally unusable, and the documentation was far from complete.
2. it is full of mistakes, and the only erratum is the updated helpfunction with the software.
3. it was published at the time that even Macromedia knew that the documentation with their software was far from complete AND full of errors. Never could understand why they would repeat that unforgivable error in a book and dare ask money for it.
As a sidenote: the docs with the software are updated in the meantime, so you might as well put your printer to work if you need a printed copy. Don't waste your money on this book.
John
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great addition to the library 19 Oct. 2006
By C. Hill - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Review of Actionscript Language Reference for Macromedia Flash 8

Introduction:

Actionscript Language Reference for Macromedia Flash 8 from Macromedia Press and Rew Riders is a "thick book" that every Flash Designer or Developer should have sitting next to the keyboard. But don't let the words "Macromedia Flash" fool you into thinking this book is about animation or designing in Flash. This is a no nonsense dictionary-style resource that provides a ton of information about the powerful scripting language behind Flash 8.

Because this is a reference book, I will be comparing the content to another book published by New Riders and Macromedia Press, Macromedia Flash MX 2004 Actionscript 2.0 Dictionary. These two books are very similar in content and I would consider the Flash 8 book to be the second

edition of the Flash MX 2004 book.

First the bad news:

Because I had previously read the Flash MX 2004 book, I was a little suprised to see that the Flash 8 book has omitted, in my opinion, some valualbe editorial content in the beginning of the book. The Flash MX 2004 book includes articles from Flash Community Leaders that helps to build a good foundation for the rest of the book. The second issue that I had while reviewing the Flash 8 book was that it was a bit harder to find the reference information I needed. This is because the Flash 8 book uses a different style to list the language elements that is a bit harder to read (see below example).

Flash MX 2004 Dictionary: LoadVars.onData

Flash 8 Language Reference: onData(LoadVars.onData handler)

The second example bunches up the information and provides redundant information, and the issue is compounded by the Font style that is used which a bit too "bubbly" and does not stand out as much as the font used in the Flash MX 2004 book.

Now for the good news:

While the lack of introductory content is a small issue, the Flash 8 book more than makes up for it with extra content added for each language element listed. The explanations have improved and I think the money spent on this book is given back by the greatly improved examples that are provided for each listing. There is not longer just a few lines of code for each example. The book now has extended examples that really help to explain how the language element should be used while.

Conclusion:

While there is room for improvement, this reference manual is full of examples that make up for any Issues that I have with the fonts and listing format. The depth of information is what makes this book a very valuable asset to own, and I would highly recommend picking up your own copy. On a scale of 1 to 10 I would give this book an 8.5 and recommend it to any Flash Developer or Flash Designer looking for a reference manual on Actionscript for the Flash 8 environment.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Not with someone else's barge pole... 15 Dec. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Let me start off by saying that I knew before buying this book that the overwhelming majority of the material was a regurgitation of the online help information within Flash MX 2004 itself. Indeed, my main reason for buying was to have a hard copy of this information that I could plonk on my desk and refer to when necessary.
The biggest issue with this book is that the reference section seems not to be indexed at all, and neither do these pages have tabbed edges. In addition, the version of the documentation this is based on is full of errors and has some gaping holes that have since been fixed in the online help documentation. All these combine to make the book completely unusable as a reference.
Secondly, the articles are a complete waste fo time if you've done any basic reading up on the subject matter on the internet. You can find more helpful information on Flash MX 2004 and ActionScript 2.0 on the major Flash community sites, written by real community leaders that actually know what they're talking about. Admittedly I didn't buy the book for the articles, but had I done so I would have been severely disappointed.
At such a low price, I didn't expect a lot from this book and was prepared to forgive a few minor niggles. What I've now got is a moderately expensive door stop, and I would recommend heartily that anyone thinking about buying this book think again. If I could have given this book zero stars, I would have done, so I'm now waiting for the Moock/O'Reilly book on ActionScript 2.0 and OOP, which is what I should have done in the first place.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
BE AWARE!! This book contains MAJOR script errors 12 Feb. 2005
By b.evel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I bought this thinking "Macromedia should knopw how to write a dictionary about their own product, right?" This book looks like went to press without even passing NEAR an editor's desk; in the first 5 references I looked up, four of them were incomplete or outright wrong. Syntax listings are written incorrectly, and I have found usage samples under code listings that just would not work, because they have been written incorrectly. Having worked with Flash for 6 years now, I was really hoping to have a nice handy reference to sit on my desk. This book is NOT it.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Why get the hard copy when you have it built-in-Flash? 7 Feb. 2005
By Mahmoud Amer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you think, like me, you are going to learn how to create chunky codes by buying this book, think again. In fact, except for the articles at the beginning, most of the stuff in this book is in help section of Flash. If you open the help panel in Flash, search for whatever item in the dictionary, you will get sometimes exact descriptions what the dictionary says. Yet, it is a good reference, assuming you don't like reading off of a screen. This IS ONLY A REFERNCE. It is not going to teach you code, although they offer some sample codes depending on the feature you are looking for.
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