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Essential ActionScript 3.0: ActionScript 3.0 Programming Fundamentals

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ActionScript 3.0 is a huge upgrade to Flash's programming language. The enhancements to ActionScript's performance, feature set, ease of use, cleanliness, and sophistication are considerable. Essential ActionScript 3.0 focuses on the core language and object-oriented programming, along with the Flash Player API.Essential ActionScript has become the #1 resource for the Flas ...more
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Published June 22nd 2007 by Adobe Developer Library
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Cody Tolmasoff
Sep 15, 2007 Cody Tolmasoff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any flash developer
This is the third Colin Moock Essential ActionScript book I've owned, and this is by far and above his best effort. He's finally sat down and detailed so many things I find myself doing every day, but never knew exactly why. This in not just a simple update to his previous book, but a complete re-write from the ground up.
Sam
Jun 20, 2008 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ActionScript 2.0 programmers, new ActionScript programmers
Thus far, this seems to be the singular AS3 book to read. Though at times ever-so-slightly scattered, it's proven to be my essential guide to delineate areas that are either left to mystery or are just poorly-explained in other documentation. It deserves a minimum of 4 stars, in my mind, for completely fleshing out the "gotchas" for those of us coming from AS2, and making clear what are, in some instances, very fundamental but sometimes-subtle differences. At over 800 pages, it may discourage so ...more
Evan
Dec 01, 2007 Evan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All Actionscript Programmers
The most thorough review of AS 3 out there. Colin is one of the best technical authors around.

Didn't give it 5 stars (as I did his AS 2 book) cause it's just a tad bit verbose. I think it could have laid off some of the nitty gritty and still been equally useful.
Eustice Conway
Dec 16, 2008 Eustice Conway rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
more design patterns plz. i mean, if you don't know MVC backwards and forwards by now, you should probably not have moved on from Flash MX.
Stacia
May 14, 2012 Stacia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very thorough and in-depth look at ActionScript 3.0. Perfect as a reference. Discussion of how things work is invaluable.
bunnyhero
disappointed after the excellent essential actionscript 2.0 by the same author. meandering, gets bogged down in little details. not a recommended way to learn, not great as a reference.
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