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The "missing manual" on Flash,
This review is from: Essential ActionScript 3.0 (Paperback)
One of the things that makes me laugh (and cry) about Adobe's official documentation for their Flex 2 product is that it implicitly assumes that the reader is familiar with Flash. Given that Flex is supposed to be a development environment targeted at traditional developers (familiar with Eclipse and source code control and the like), you'd think that it would be a fair assumption that at least a significant share of the readers of the Flex 2 doc set would be Java, C++ or C# programmers who are keen to build rich clients in Flex.
I guess that other newcomers to Flash will probably have the same frustrating time as I did trying to figure out how (and when) the AVM2 dispatches mouse, focus and keyboard events, how the display list is managed, how to refer to the properties of a symbol instance created with Flash CS3, and how to draw lines and shapes etc...
This book is the essential "missing manual" on the AVM for developers who don't have a strong Flash background. Chapter 29, for example, is the perfect introduction to the Flash CS3 IDE.