Actionscript Cookbook
Solutions and Examples for Flash MX Developers
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: July 2003
Pages: 896

When you need to get the job done fast, you'll reach for this practical, nuts-n-bolts toolkit. Rather than focusing on ActionScript in the abstract, this Cookbook puts theory into practice with ready-made answers to common ActionScript problems. Flash MX developers can solve issues quickly, while learning practical techniques for resolving similar dilemmas in the future.

ActionScript has blossomed into a large and important language whose sheer volume of capabilities can be daunting. The ActionScript Cookbook breaks it all down into tasks that are relevant, practical, and insightful. Appealing to the budding coder as well as the experienced ActionScript jockeys, this book offers new perspectives and approaches to ActionScript development that will empower all developers.

This O'Reilly Cookbook complements ActionScript for Flash MX: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition by providing quick solutions to common ActionScript problems. This book trades on our respected "Cookbook" approach, which provides a worked-out script for every problem addressed. You can use these "recipes" to solve an immediate problem, and then explore the issue further in The Definitive Guide when time permits.

The ActionScript Cookbook contains over 300 recipes on a myriad of topics. Here's a sampling of what you'll find:

  • Drawing shapes at runtime
  • Controlling movie clips programmatically
  • Accepting user input and manipulating text strings
  • Accessing audio and video via Flash Communications Server
  • Working with Flash Remoting to connect to back end databases
  • Using record sets with data grids
  • And, much, much more in over 20 recipe-laden chapters...
This Cookbook's logical progression from short recipes for small problems to longer, more complex scripts for thornier riddles allows developers to link modular ActionScript pieces together to create rock-solid solutions for Flash applications. If you prefer to see larger applications instead of atomic recipes, this Cookbook has a kicker -- seven full chapters of sample applications including:
  • Building a Flash Paint Application
  • Creating a Video/Chat Message Server Application
  • Creating an MP3 Jukebox
  • Creating a personalizable MyPage Application
The ActionScript Cookbook is for people who say, "I understand everything in theory, but I don't know where to start in practice." This book is all about practice.
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By Jolayne

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This is from a designer-type.

Going from print to the web, Flash5 was easy for me to pick up. After a break of doing no Flash and coming back to it with Flash6 out for a few months, I was frustrated, uptight and bought every Flash6 book I could find by trusted authors in order to catch up, while at the same time trying to get a big flash site done for a client.

Nothing helped. I kept getting more and more frustrated. Everytime I saw the words "call-backs", "this", "method" or "object", I would get knots in my stomach.

Actionscript Cookbook not only helped me get the website done, but his Actionscript Cookbook finally got me to understand Flash6 concepts. Flash5-free at last, no more knots in my stomach. I can now read and understand all the other books I bought! Now that Flash7 is out, I'll be buying every title that comes out by Joey Lott. He is the consummate teacher, and includes explains what you need to know, and why you need to know it, in concise, easy-to-understand verbiage.

In my opinion, Joey's Actionscript Cookbook and Colin Moock's Actionscript, the Definitive Guide, and are the best values out there for Flash6.

 
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By Lara Gaur

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Like most O'Reilly classics, ActionScript Cookbook is great for learning and mastering Actionscipt for Flash MX along with C. Moock's ASDG. Joey Lott also has a website with lessons on OOP. Excellent!

 
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By Jeff Garza

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Joey Lott's Actionscript Cookbook is a great desktop reference. The cookbook format allows me to solve problems quickly without having to wade through excessive details. I'm primarily a ColdFusion programmer that is learning Actionscript and Flash, so the concise, real-world examples and solutions have really helped me be more productive.

 
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ActionScript Cookbook Review

By Mike

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This is a remarkable book in that before I picked it up I knew a bunch of Flash and ActionScript theory and had nearly no clue about how to create a Flash movie. And now I feel right at home creating a complicated dynamic Flash MX 2004 movie. Too bad that Flash MX 2004 introduced ActionScript 2.0 which is not covered in this book.

Still most of the ideas in the book remain valid: ideas such as the use of class libraries, the dominance of movie clip objects and the use of custom components.

I highly recommend this book!

 
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ActionScript Cookbook Review

By Abdul Qabiz

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This is really a good book, its compliments to ASDG by Colin Moock.

I am really inspired by the problems are solved in this book. A must be for Flash Developers.

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ActionScript Cookbook Review

By Hien Nguyen

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For a technical cookbook, this book is a pleasure to read and easily qualifies as best in its genre. It is published as Flash MX is being replaced with its 2004 version, but it should be a good reference for a long time, at least until another edition updates it to Flash MX 2004. Its 28 chapters are well organized with clear titles and well defined sections, a big help when one is looking for the right recipe to an every day coding problem. Joey Lott is a teacher of ActionScript, among other subjects, and that experience comes through in his lucid writing and straight forward examples. I will always keep this handy on my desk to refer to when the need arises.

 
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By Joe Garraffo

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I received this book 2 weeks ago and have not put it down. The author did a phenomenal job breaking down problems and could not have been any clearer on his solutions to the problem. This is not a how to book, rather it is the friend you're looking for at 3am when nobody else is awake. I have yet to run across something that I couldn't find the answer to in the AS Cookbook! I highly recommend this book to any Flash/ActionScript developer. Thumbs up to Joey Lott & O'Reilly.

 
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By craig ward

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This Book is a great learning tool and a huge time saver. I've been using Macromedia Flash since Flash 3 and this book has given me the most useful examples that I've seen.

 
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ActionScript Cookbook Review

By Carl-Alexandre Malartre

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Sorry for the poor english

I've bought about 10 oreilly titles and I've read many more on Safari. Of these titles, the Cookbooks are the most useful and fun to get the job done.

ActionScript Cookbook is particularly well made Beginers and advanced people will find what they need to cook good ActionScript applications.

Saved me countless hours

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