Introducing Starling
Building GPU Accelerated Applications
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: January 2012
Pages: 120

Starling is an ActionScript 3 2D framework developed on top of the Stage3D APIs (available on desktop in Flash Player 11 and Adobe AIR 3). Starling is mainly designed for game development, but could be used for many other use cases. Starling makes it possible to write fast GPU accelerated applications without having to touch the low-level Stage3D APIs.

Most Flash developers want to be able to leverage GPU acceleration (through Stage3D) without the need to write such higher-level frameworks and dig into the low-level Stage3D APIs. Starling is completely designed after the Flash Player APIs and abstracts the complexity of Stage3D (Molehill) and allows easy and intuitive programming for everyone.

Obviously Starling is for ActionScript 3 developers, especially those involved in 2D game development; of course you will need to have a basic understanding of ActionScript 3. By its design (lightweight, flexible and simple), Starling can be used also be used for other use cases like UI programming. That said, everything is designed to be as intuitive as possible, so any Java™ or .Net™ developer will get the hang of it quickly as well.

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    5.0

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      Great book , great framework

       
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      good introduction for first time use

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        If you have never used Starling this will help you get started quickly. Very easy to read and understand.

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        It was simple to underastand nice examples, great book.

         
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        Errors in example code.

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          Comments about oreilly Introducing Starling:

          It's frustrating when you purchase a book to help you learn a subject only to find that the example code that comes with it contains errors. This is the case with the very first example code called 'TopDownDemo.as'. The code won't run because of an error in the class files that come with the sample code. I don't feel like debugging the examples and I don't think it's my job.
          Also, there is no way to contact the author to enquire about the error except through the publisher.

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            Comments about oreilly Introducing Starling:

            A great book for free.
            Thx a lot for that !

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            The milestone to start with Starling

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              Comments about oreilly Introducing Starling:

              This book is for any Flash Platform developer that is looking to create next generation of mobile and desktop apps (or games).
              It's a book so practical that introduce you to the Starling framework, explaining how it works with simple examples of code that you can put in practice in a while.
              Thibault guides you showing each object presents in this framework, that is an abstraction of Stage3D API introduced with Flash Player 11 and AIR 3.
              With Starling you can aim better performance in your 2D applications thankfully the GPU acceleration added on Stage3D, with this book you can discover what there is behind and starting to develop with it.

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              Great intro to Starling, but not perfect

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              Comments about oreilly Introducing Starling:

              A great introduction to Starling, well structured, well explained and contains comprehensive examples.

              The only major drawback is there are obvious editorial issues in the text and bugs/errors in the code examples.

              But - it's free, so I'm not complaining. It's an invaluable read if you're interested in this new framework.

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