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A designer's view
on 30 November 2009
Be careful if you're a traditional AS2 guy and you use this book to transition across to AS3. Like a previous reviewer, I had the AS2 equivalent of this book which is (in a nutshell) a work of genius. That experience meant I had no hesitation in purchasing this one.
I am afraid that I am seriously disappointed.
I am sure that my disappointment stems mainly from my own lack of true OOP experience but this book SHOULD help you make that transition from the procedural model of AS2 to "utopian" class-based, reusable nirvana.
Simply put, it doesn't. It tries very hard to convey the nature and concept of classes (which it does at length and reasonably well) but singularly fails to put them to any practical use. So, you sit down to embark upon your first AS3 app and you simply DO NOT KNOW WHERE TO START!
The only bits that were fully comprehensible to me were the elements that have remained similar or unchanged from AS2 - and that's probably because I already knew that stuff!
In my opinion, books like this are the reason why AS3 encounters so many dissenting voices and why people still believe it over complicated and difficult to learn.