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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Heaton Research, Inc. (8 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160439000X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604390001
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 1.9 x 19.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,353,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ade Sims on 17 Oct. 2007
Format: Paperback
If you want to learn scripting from scratch this is not really the book for you.

If you are an experienced second life user/builder with some PC programming experience. You will love it!!

It provides a range of scripts that will do most tasks and with minor tweaking can be adjusted to perform higher tasks and custom jobs.

The book itself is not a teaching guide it merely presents scripts and discusses them showing you how they work. If you are the kind of person who learns by example you will be fine with this book.

There is no CD with the book but most of the scripts can be down loaded easily albeit in a weird file format which required some technical knowledge to extract them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By poppysmith on 2 April 2008
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Up untill reading this book, i thought i had a good general knowledge of scripting in secondlife, as i have created a number of objects using scripts with the assitance of secondlife friends......but after reading this book realised i dont know a thing, and am afraid this book is going to be gathering dust for awhile whilst i master the basics. But am sure it will be well used once i get the hang of it all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By peterpan price on 24 May 2008
Format: Paperback
First - this is a book for those with some experience in programming. Dont buy it if you have never written a computer program.
Second - it doesnt define the lsl function calls, but this is not a problem now that the lsl Wiki exists. You will need to read the wiki in conjunction with the book.
Third - no CD included, but you can download all the examples from the authors web site.
That said - This is an excellent book. it will give you a good understanding of the philosophy of scripting in Second life. I recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Harmsworth on 1 Feb. 2008
Format: Paperback
I need to know how to write more than basic scripts and although this seemed to be the right book, it required a far greater understanding of the scripting language than I had. There is no explanation of what the various functions are actually doing. The code is there,b ut very little understanding can be gained.

I intend to try the other one now. hopefully that will bring me up to speed and help with this book. I hope so anyway.
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Save your money 4 Sept. 2007
By Steve J. Szatkowski - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book provides a very basic introduction to LSL scripting. Everyone of the scripts in the book can be obtained as freebies within SL and much more can be learned about LSL in the SL Wiki and various other online tutorials and references. Speaking of references, this book had none. One of the few reasons I keep programming books around is that its nice to be able to flip open a book and get a quick answer to a programming question. Well, forget it. This book has no reference section and a marginally useful index.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Very helpful in getting started in LSL scripting 5 Sept. 2007
By D. Apperson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I liked this book a lot. This book is useful for both a beginner who wants to get started in the basics of LSL and also very handy for someone with scripting experience who wants a nice inventory of ready to use scripts that can be easily dropped onto an object.
For the beginner, the book starts out with an overview of the Linden Scripting Language (LSL) and descriptions of the most commonly used functions in LSL. The explanations are clear and contain examples for each newly presented concept.
The real value of this book though is in the wide array of useful scripts provided. When I started in SL, I bought various in world items which did things using scripts. I realize now that if I had had this book then, I could have made these objects myself, which at least for me is more fun than just spending Linden dollars for someone else's not modifiable way of doing something.

Here is a list of some of the scripts included in this book.
Buildings: Splashing water, Open door, Owner locked door, Mult-User lockable door, Teleport pad, Elevator
Particle Effects: Basic particle emitter, Chimney, Leaf generator, Jewelry, Explosion
Vehicles: Car, Boat, Helicopter, Super car
Scanners: Avatar radar, Notecard giver, Automatic door, Traffic scanner
Miscellaneous recipes: Avatar cannon, Analog clock, Weather station, Slide show, Notecard controller slide show, Announcer script, Online indicator
Commerce: Camping pad, Simple tip jar, Club tip jar, Vendor script
Rental Property: Rental script
Weapons: Basic gun, Multi-bullet gun, Bullets for the guns
Wearable Objects: Parachute, HUD parachute, Jet pack, Anti push bracelet

The cool thing I found from the book is that all of the example scripts have been implemented on objects and are freely available for copy/modify at the authors island in SL.

I would highly recommend this book for anyone interested in writing scripts in SL (except perhaps a seasoned scripter who might find this book a little too intermediate).
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Pretty good.. but.. 5 Mar. 2008
By Zap Zhong - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
When I first got this book, I was frustrated with it because it jumps deep into LSL and makes an assumption that you have a basic understanding -- it is not an introductory book. And to be fair to the book, it doesn't hold itself out to be an introductory book. If you are looking for a beginner book in LSL, get something else!

BUT, after I spent some time learning LSL through other sources (online Wiki!) I found that the book actually has become really useful to me as a way to understand LSL. In other words, don't make this your first book on LSL, but maybe make it your second.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Take Charge of Second Life by Scripting 2 Mar. 2009
By Charles I. Campbell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Second Life's scripting language is a key to open endless delights, and there is no better way to learn than by studying scripts. Heaton gives a wide range of examples that can become the springboard for your own adventures. The book is probably comprehensible to the beginner and certainly liberating to the struggling intermediate scripter like myself References to on-line resources add focus to what you might find with the internet search engines. Recommended!
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Good set of tips 22 Mar. 2008
By Dr. Yesha Sivan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Exactly what I looked for. Simple examples that allow me to quickly get what I want and learn the language.
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