on 16 February 2009
I bought this book and also Rick Shupe's begginers guide to actionscript, looking back it was a bit daft to buy both but it has enabled me to compare them.
This book is a LOT better, from the very beginning everything is explained really well, he never leaves anything out. You are never wondering 'yeah, I get that but what does that package thing mean'.
He either tells you, it's coming up or gives and explanation on the spot.
As for AS3 it's much harder than AS2, much much harder...only done the first couple of chapters and will start the rick Shupe's apparent 'beginners guide once I've learnt the basics with this book.
on 28 April 2008
I've been using Flash 8/Actionscript 2.0 for a while and decided it was time to take a more object oriented approach to my Flash projects.
Little did I know that Actionscript 3 had some large fundamental changes (namely the "display list" and the loss of all the familiar _root, _parent commands etc.).
This book does an excellent job to get you back up to speed in Actionscript and even gives you a decent dose of OOP basics (since everything is a class in AS3). The book is full of highly relevant examples which you can use as reference in the future, or even base your own projects on.
on 7 February 2010
I fully concur the other reviewers, this book as well written and easy to follow and is fun to work through giving a good foundation to AS3 in Flash and, when you see the capabilities of Flex 3 in the final chapter and how straight forward (and quick) it is to build a simple RSS subscription application, you'll be downloading the 60 day trial version of Flex 3 before you've blinked!
on 20 July 2008
I got really excited when i started learning AS3 and like most... i brought colin moocks book ( Essential Actionscript) and a few others to get started on. Even though Colin Moock is the man and his book is a well written book, it's a very technical book and i got a bit bored to be honest. This book though is definitely the best and most fun book i have read.
I couldn't put it down. It throws you in the deep end to begin with though but you get to see some nice little animations and it certainly gets your attention and makes you realize how much fun the book will be.
Buy this and then buy Keith Peters book called "Foundations Actionscript- making things move".