Learning ActionScript 3.0
The Non-Programmer's Guide to ActionScript 3.0
Publisher: O'Reilly Media / Adobe Developer Library
Final Release Date: December 2007
Pages: 384

In this book, authors Rich Shupe and Zevan Rosser share the knowledge they've gained from their years as multimedia developers/designers and teachers. Learning ActionScript 3.0 gives you a solid foundation in the language of Flash and demonstrates how you can use it for practical, everyday projects.

The authors do more than just give you a collection of sample scripts. Written for those of you new to ActionScript 3.0, the book describes how ActionScript and Flash work, giving you a clear look into essential topics such as logic, event handling, displaying content, migrating legacy projects to ActionScript 3.0, classes, and much more. You will learn important techniques through hands-on exercises, and then build on those skills as chapters progress.

ActionScript 3.0 represents a significant change for many Flash users, and a steeper learning curve for the uninitiated. This book will help guide you through a variety of scripting scenarios. Rather than relying heavily on prior knowledge of object-oriented programming (OOP), topics are explained in focused examples that originate in the timeline, with optional companion classes for those already comfortable with their use. As chapters progress, the book introduces more and more OOP techniques, allowing you to choose which scripting approach you prefer.

Learning ActionScript 3.0 reveals:

  • New ways to harness the power and performance of AS3
  • Common mistakes that people make with the language
  • Essential coverage of text, sound, video, XML, drawing with code, and more
  • Migration issues from AS1 and AS2 to AS3
  • Simultaneous development of procedural and object-oriented techniques
  • Tips that go beyond simple script collections, including how to approach a project and which resources can help you along the way
The companion web site contains material for all the exercises in the book, as well as short quizzes to make sure you're up to speed with key concepts. ActionScript 3.0 is a different animal from previous versions, and Learning ActionScript 3.0 teaches everything that web designers, GUI-based Flash developers, and those new to ActionScript need to start using the language.

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    3.0

    okay book.. poor resources

    By Demper

    from Netherlands

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    • Well-written

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    • Resource Site Offline

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    Comments about oreilly Learning ActionScript 3.0:

    The book itself is fairly okay it explains the basics and allows people to get started with simple flash programs, and goes on to help with building more complex programs, it does seem to be heavily oriented towards the webdesign part of flash.

    the only thing I don't really like is that the support site which holds resources for the excercises and examples in the book seems to be offline way more than online..

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    2.0

    Not the best for beginner

    By Vishal

    from Pune, India

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      Comments about oreilly Learning ActionScript 3.0:

      Disclosure: I was given an early free access to ebook for a review

      "Learning action script 3.0" book by "Rich Shupe" with "Zevan Rosser" focuses on action script 3.0 mainly in relation to "Flash professional application" referred to as IDE. The language is also used in AIR and Flex platform but the book does not focus on these platforms.

      The book starts with architecture and features understanding in 3.0 version of Action Script. The prerequisite knowledge required for understanding the language is clearly and explicitly mentioned. Each chapter also starts with a brief introduction of the the topics that are going to be covered in the chapter, which gives an clarity of objectives reader should expect. Sufficient code examples are provided, along with side notes, which help adding important and best practices for the language.

      At the same time the book is not probably the best for a beginner. The authors fail to get to level of a beginner, and many a times they get into some concepts which might distract a beginner. This book is definitely not the best for a beginner.

       
      2.0

      A shallow book

      By KIVan

      from Kiev, Ukraine.

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      • Not comprehensive enough
      • Too basic

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      Comments about oreilly Learning ActionScript 3.0:

      The book attracted me, because it was short compared to other titles I looked at, and I hoped it would give me a quick start. However the technology described, namely AS 3, proved to complex for any short description.
      I have prior experience with C and VBA for applications, as well as a year in private computer academy studying to become a designer, so I am not new to programing, but the book left me with more questions than answers. The approach is shallow, no fundamental features of the Flash runtime or IDE are explained, or even mentioned, security is left aside.
      Overall, I could recommend this book to a middle\high school student as a start, but not anyone else.
      My farther research led to me conclude that for a quick solution to an existing problem you should get O'Reilly "ActionScript 3.0 Cookbook", and for achieving mastery and becoming an AS 3 developer - you should go for O'Reilly "Essential ActionScript 3.0". The later book was my second choice after "Learning ActionScript 3.0", and I estimate that 85% of its material was either new to me, or explained in a much clearer way.

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      5.0

      Better than taking a course

      By MapTastic

      from Barrie, ON

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        Comments about oreilly Learning ActionScript 3.0:

        I took a course in Flash that skimmed the basics of ActionScript and left me wanting more. Having picked up this book, I'm well on my way to completing the projects I started (that crashed) in an older version of Flash. The book was purchased for the office but I plan on getting my own copy for reference. What a great buy!

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        5.0

        This is the book i learned AS3.0

        By discdirectplay

        from mexico

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          Comments about oreilly Learning ActionScript 3.0:

          After reading it from start to end and from end to start several times now i often use it as a quick reference, it is a very nice book, easy to understand if you are a newbie. It gives you the basics of programing. On the other hand it haves some typing errors letters that don´t have to be there, no big deal you can live with that.

           
          5.0

          Excellent book. Well thought out!

          By 2D3DXYZ

          from Toronto, Ontario

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            Comments about oreilly Learning ActionScript 3.0:

            Perfect for explaining AS3 and its advanatges.

             
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            5.0

            Great book but frustrated by unavailable companion website

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            I agree entirely with the 5-star comments I've read, but I was disappointed recently by being unable to enter the Learning Actionscript 3.0 companion website. What's happened to it? It was a valuable addition to having the book.

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            5.0

            good for all

            By skawian

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            Comments about oreilly Learning ActionScript 3.0:

            If you are someone who starts your adventure with actionscript or you are migrating from older version (like me)? this is a perfect opportunity to learn AS 3.0. The authors give a very detailed description of this language. Starting from the basic programming like to be skipped if you are already familiar with it, you will quickly end up as an intermediate actionscript developer. The book explains the concepts of OOP in a very comprehensive language, and gives just the right amount of information. I strongly recommend this book to all of you!

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            5.0

            The Perfect Gateway Drug

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            This is, quite simply, one of the best books I have ever read concerning the topic of Actionscript. As an Adobe Instructor in the discipline of Flash, I often find myself looking for books as suggestive reading for new learners. This book has now become my #1 choice for professionals looking to quickly learn Actionscript 3 from the ground up.

            For years Colin Moock has set the standard for Actionscript learning with his Essential Guides to Actionscript. The wonderful thing about Learning Actionscript 3.0 is that it is openly and largely based on Colin Moock's titles. The benefit to choosing Learning Actionscript 3 is that Rich Shupe and Zevan Rosser realized the advanced technical nature of Colin Moock's titles. They also realized the potential difficulty this may present to professionals with no prior experience. It was through this realization that they delivered a book that was as thorough in coverage but as easy to read as Harry Potter!

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