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Learning ActionScript 3.0 (A Beginner's Guide)
Learning ActionScript 3.0 (A Beginner's Guide)
by Rich Shupe
Edition: Paperback

2.0 out of 5 stars Not for Beginners, 12 Aug. 2010
I had initially thought the book was good - it seemed simple enough and accessible in it's language and this still holds true. However, as the chapters progress you find that you haven't actually moved on and learnt anything that will help you "do" ActionScript. I got upto Chapter 6 (and still continuing) but as I turn over the pages I'm becoming increasingly frustrated of a lack of connection between what I'm reading and how it actually helps in the "real world".

The trouble is that this book merely directs you and provides monolithic examples in a one-dimensional way. It doesn't in any way engage the reader by allowing the learner to investigate through their own construction of ActionScript whilst reading. If you're used to reading and doing then this is not the book for you. If you're used to, say for example, the methodology used by the "Missing Manual" series, then this is definitely not the book for you. The book is very dry and doen't make you think "Right, I understand that now". You'd be far better off accessing Adove TV and watching Doug Winnie as well as Adobe's massive PDF help file for AS3 before you even consider this book (and they're free!)
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Learn Adobe Dreamweaver CS4 by Video: Core Training for Web Communication (Learn by Video)
Learn Adobe Dreamweaver CS4 by Video: Core Training for Web Communication (Learn by Video)
by Candyce Mairs
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introduction to Dreamweaver, 11 Jan. 2010
This video is highly accessible, user-friendly and more importantly, highly pertinent to the curriculum requirements of the ACA Web Design examination. The presenters have a soft and personable touch not often found in technical training videos and their level of communication is just right for those who might find the many features of Dreamweaver daunting. As suggested by an earlier reviewer, the video should be researched in tandem with the "Classroom in a Book" text (I used he video after this text) and the Test Items in the video prepare you for the exam( Adobe do not appear to offer practice tests off-the-shelf). I strongly recommend this video.


Dreamweaver CS4: The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals)
Dreamweaver CS4: The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals)
by David Sawyer McFarland
Edition: Paperback
Price: £25.49

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Book that MUST be in the Box, 8 Oct. 2009
This book is essential for any prospective 'Dreamweaver'. While I appreciate the highly contextual 'Classroom in the Book' series Adobe authorises and promotes, I really would urge all those intersted in the CS4 (whether for 'Associate/Expert/Trained or purely non-certification purposes) to go through this book FIRST (in fact, you might not need another text or multimedia form) It's 'low' context and highly accessible language explains each and every aspect of an application that is quite daunting even for those with Macromedia experience. Those new to web design will learn 'hands-on', making learning much easier, and once you pick -up the techniques, you'll just want to carry on. Those with experience will find this text enlightening as it has separate boxes for 'power - users'. As the author suggests, the Dreamweaver CS4 application should be downloaded and the tutorials that complement the book and ones essential for buliding your site while you work through the book can be downloaded free. I wouldn't want any to think I have any vested interest in providing such a positive feedback - I do not know the authors or publishers but I'd like to think I know a good book.


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