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2.0 out of 5 stars This is not a cookbook, 25 May 2008
This review is from: ActionScript 3.0 Cookbook: Solutions for Flash Platform and Flex Application Developers (Paperback)
This book isn't what it seemed (at least what it seems to me).

It is an introduction to programming with ActionScript in Flex Builder 3. It may still be useful for those working in the free SDK and in Flash, but that isn't its focus and it doesn't discuss those tools. It also assumes you're working in pure ActionScript, so Flex authors (surely the biggest contingent using Flex Builder) will have to adapt as well.

But the things that annoyed me was the lack of real recipes here. To me cookbook should take a competent programmer and show best practice in common, but non-trivial areas.

Firstly, most of the recipes in the book are trivial. Things like "you need to iterate over the items in an array" - solution "use a for loop". or "you need to carry out an action conditionally" - "use an if statement". Most of the recipes just point to one or two API functions. That may be ok if you're completely new to actionscript - but in that case you'd want a proper guide that walked you throug the tech - the question and answer format isn't helpful if you're going through in sequence.

And secondly, the work isn't that well edited, and the solutions to some of the few more sophisticated problems are not optimal for performance.

I wouldn't recommend this book. It seems to not know who its audience is, and fall between the cracks.
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