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I advise against purchasing this book
on April 1, 2009
The ActionScript 3.0 class I took at a local community college used this book as the text book. I went through the book's chapters in sequential order as assigned by the professor. I personally invested a lot of time into learning ActionScript 3.0 through the book's exercises, but I have made little progress towards understanding the fundamentals of this programming language. The authors dumb down the programing language way too much, so that you end up not really learning enough to get by.
I own the o'reilly's essential ActionScript 3.0 by Colin Moock and it does a much more through job of teaching ActionScript 3.0, but it is designed for people that have some kind of programing background.
What I liked about the this book is how it took a pragmatic approach to teaching ActionScript 3.0. However, the book is littered with errors and does not always take the "best practice approach". Below is a list of some of the problems I encountered while going through the chapters.
1. code errors in almost every chapter
2. book was created for cs4, yet the author(s) created files in cs3 not cs4
3. extremely poor design...even though this is an ActionScript 3.0 book they could have at least spent some time working on design. Some of the exercises look terrible.
Consider this book as your second or third option.