Top critical review
It's OK, but could use some changes
on 13 February 2009
I'm fairly new to developing AS3 in OOP environments, but have done a bunch of AS3 since CS3 was launched.
The book explains the general practices of OOP, project flow, UI diagrams etc. in a fairly good manner, and it covers them from an "real" programmer's perspective and not a Flash designer's which I like, and which taught me a lot of valuable lessons.
The examples are easy to follow and explained very well. However, they tend to write the starting code of an application inside the start-up .fla file, which to me is a bad and clumpsy way to start an application. For people used to AS3, this can be easily overcome, but for newcommers, it might leave them with a bad habbit.
I aggree to one of the other reviews that the book tries too please too many different levels of users, and I also think it tries to cover too many different ways of doing OOP and too many ways of writing the code. A more strict line of appraoch would have been beneficial.
But all in all, I got smarter from the parts of the book I went through, so I see the money as well spend.