The ActionScript 3.0 Quick Reference Guide: For Developers and Designers Using Flash
For Developers and Designers Using Flash CS4 Professional
Publisher: O'Reilly Media / Adobe Developer Library
Final Release Date: October 2008
Pages: 496

"No matter what your background, the pages that follow will provide you with some excellent knowledge, insight, and even a little bit of wisdom in the realm of Flash and ActionScript. Happy learning!"-- Branden Hall, from the Foreword

Written by Flash insiders with extensive knowledge of the technology, this guide is designed specifically to help Flash designers and developers make the leap from ActionScript 2.0 to the new object-oriented ActionScript 3.0 quickly and painlessly. Formatted so you can find any topic easily, ActionScript 3.0 Quick Reference Guide explains:

  • Object-oriented programming (OOP) concepts, such as packages and classes
  • ActionScript 3.0 features and player enhancements that improve performance
  • Workflow differences between ActionScript 2.0 and ActionScript 3.0 including tools, code editing, component sets, and image and font rendering
  • Where did it go? A guide to help you find familiar features in ActionScript 3.0, such as global functions, operators, properties, and statements
  • How do I? Step-by-step solutions for performing tasks with ActionScript 3.0, including input, sound, video, display, events, text, and more

Also included are overviews of Flash and ActionScript features and workflows. ActionScript 3.0 is a huge upgrade to Flash's programming language -- and this guide helps you upgrade your skills to match it.

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    Comments about oreilly The ActionScript 3.0 Quick Reference Guide: For Developers and Designers Using Flash:

    Despite the fact that I have Flash CS5 Professional, I still found the CS4 book quite relevant to AS3 and its Flash environment. Though, so far, I have only partially completed this book, I have learned much about the basic underpinnings of AS3. This includes finally understanding the use of the document class, packages and classes, namespaces, migration issues, fla/internal/external class relationships, and more. And I'm only a third the way through. It also introduces you to Flex and third party editing tools which may peek your interest.

    I found it well written, organized and very informative for my needs as a Web developer and now retired software programmer. I wrote this review to give credit to the authors for doing an outstanding job and enriching my working knowledge of AS3/Flash. I look forward to the rest of the book.

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    Comments about oreilly The ActionScript 3.0 Quick Reference Guide: For Developers and Designers Using Flash:

    The first two things I looked up (unloading swfs and using HTML with XML-loaded text) were dealt with carefully and illustrated with examples, so I bought this right away.

    Much of the book is in cookbook format, so one can compare this easily with the bigger, but more troublesome ActionScript 3.0 Cookbook. That book came out long before anyone was using AS3 in Flash, and seemed to have been rushed to market, with many typos still in the downloadable examples and printed code. This, conversely, was delayed in order to accommodate references to Flash CS4. Much more care and preparation is apparent. This does not replace the Cookbook, but it is a necessary companion volume.

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