18 March 2008

AS3.0 book and free source code

AS3 book free source code

No doubt that ActionScript 3 is much harder to learn than previous versions of ActionScript. Reason is that new version is written from ground up and some might even say we can talk about NewActionScript 1.0 programming language ! Learning process may require more time but we can get pretty dissent help all around the Web. Some teachers have tried to zip their knowledge into a book and while many of them have failed few have succeed.

One of those success stories appeared recently at O’Really – Learning ActionScript 3.0: A Beginner's Guide by Rich Shupe and Zevan Rosser. Both are teachers in New York’s School of Visual Arts. They started with experience that there isn’t satisfied ActionScript book for beginners and they asked their audience about most desired topics and approach. Result is 384 pages book with code and easy to understand illustrations about different concepts and problems in programming with AS3.0. Book consists of VI parts and 15 Chapters:

I Getting Started
II Graphics and Interaction
III Text
IV Sound and Video
V Input / Output
VI Programming Design and Resources
That’s not all. Companion website for this book at LearningAS3 provides additional material, resources links, training and complete book source code (17.7 MB) free to download. Don’t miss quizzes page where you can test your knowledge from the book and can be good preparation for Adobe Certification programs. I got 83% correct on Chapter 6 OOP quiz part.

Don’t be fooled that this book will not give you insight in complex concepts. You will need to fight against things like inheritance, encapsulation and polymorphism in object oriented programming, against particle systems, 9-slice scaling and even communication between ActionScript Virtaul Machines.


Anonymous said...

I just got this book in the mail today and I have to say it's the first of it's kind to really bridge the gap between seasoned AS2 developers who haven't done OOP before and the new wave of OOP developers using classes and AS3. Very well done.

The other thing that makes it great... it's in freaking COLOR! Why haven't they all done this? It's proven color facilitates learning in textbooks and I am very much looking forward to sitting down and finishing the rest of this book!


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