978-1-56592-852-7 / 1565928520

ActionScript: The Definitive Guide: Mastering Flash Programming

by Moock, Colin

Publisher:O'Reilly Media



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The arrival of ActionScript in O'Reilly's excellent Definitive Guide series shows the increasing importance of Flash scripting. Suitable for any Flash developer, this book is both a tutorial and a reference, and comes from an author who is already well known in the Flash community, and whose Web site at is a treasure-trove of Flash resources.

The first and most substantial part of the book describes ActionScript's features from basics like variables and operators, through to more advanced topics such as event handling, ActionScript objects and manipulating Flash movie clips. No previous programming experience is assumed, but you are expected to be familiar with Flash itself. The "Movie Clips" chapter includes a careful and very useful explanation of the order in which ActionScript code executes. A short "Applied ActionScript" section follows, covering the Flash 5 authoring environment, forms and fields and debugging. Finally there is a detailed 250-page language reference. This includes core JavaScript elements as well as ActionScript objects, and is liberally annotated with tips and Flash-specific example code. The XML support in Flash 5 is fully described and illustrated in this section.

A strong point is that despite covering the fundamentals the early chapters remain interesting even for experienced JavaScript programmers. The section on applied ActionScript is perhaps too short, but the annotated language guide is superb. Combining in-depth Flash expertise with precise and detailed reference material, this is an outstanding ActionScript title. --Tim Anderson

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