- Release Date: 19 November, 2003
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Authors: Derek Franklin, Jobe Makar
Customer Rating: 4 of 5 (17 total reviews)
- Pretty Good, but better if you have the Professional version
I'm not a beginner, so it's hard for me to judge if one can become proficient in ActionScripting through this book. But it has been a useful reference for me as one moving from ActionScript 1.0 to 2.0.
What I would like to highlight is that while the book in the introduction claims that it is useful for both the Standard and Professional version of Flash, I personally find that the user will gain more using the Professional version. A Standard version user may get pretty frustrated as early as the 1st chapter when they are asked to create a .as file, without being told that you can't open .as files in the Standard version. This is perhaps the greatest flaw in this otherwise decent book.
- A Necessary Resource
Flash 2004 MX has some exciting new features that make it a dominant program and solution in the increasing popularity of today's web market. To grasp these awesome new features, you must learn Actionscript. "Can't I just find instruction and answers in Macromedia's help index?" Quite honestly, no, but there is a resource that will not only help you understand this powerful programming language, but also will guarantee that you learn them the right way: Derek Franklin's Actionscript book "Training from the Source" is one of the best books on the market b/c it goes beyond sharing a bunch of code; it helps you truly understand how to script. Derek's approach is creative, fun, and filled with so much stuff, you'll always find new methods and ways of writing scripts just based on the examples in this book. There's no other book that gives you so much in a simplistic and easy to understand way than this book. If you're new to Actionscripting, this book will build your confidence and give you the skills to become a seasoned scripter. If you're a seasoned verteran or wondering if you should purchase this book even though you have the previous version, the answer is a dramatic, yes. With Actionscript 2.0, Derek will show you how to make the transition from old scripting to the latest version, as well as help you learn the power behind Flash 7.I frequently refer to this book as a resource.
If your desire is to learn Flash's robust language and create dynamic websites, this book is a must.
If you're looking for a a book that teaches you all-inclusive how to program ActionScript2 resourcfully than that's the one you must have! I'm coming from the pearl/php/vb environment and it was a breeze working myself into the new Flash language.
I may sound a little too enthusiastic... but this one I can recommend without any reservation.
You're getting dirty hands from the beginning; every chapter tells you how to work with the source files on the CD to pull you thru. There are Examples for every aspect.
While some people do not recommend it as a reference... well, so do I. But it is obviously not ment to be one. For a good reference you mitght consider buying the one from O'Reilly.
Sorry... any grammatical errors in this comment are due to the fact that I'm Swiss.