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Beginning ActionScript 2.0 Paperback – April 24, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0764577680 ISBN-10: 0764577689 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 805 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (April 24, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764577689
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764577680
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,020,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

ActionScript 2.0, the scripting language for Macromedia Flash®, can be used to create complex, dynamic applications and spice up otherwise motionless web pages. Whether you are interested in developing a dynamic web application, building a personal portfolio, creating a game, or working with media, ActionScript 2.0 is useful for a wide range of tasks and this book will help you take full advantage of all that this scripting language has to offer.

As you explore the dozens of examples included inside, you'll find this book makes your learning experience a smooth process. Each example provides you with a detailed explanation of exactly what that particular code does. Whatever your background, mix of technical and artistic skills, or end goal, this book is a good starting point to get you where you want to go.

What you will learn from this book

  • A variety of simple coding conventions that will help you create projects that are easy to read and update
  • How to change the variables and content from one movie clip to another
  • Techniques for running and debugging code
  • How to use the drawing API, apply filters and blending modes, and work with the new Bitmap class
  • The intricacies of working with text and applying visual styles to text
  • Ways to integrate images, sound, video, and live camera feeds into your project

Who this book is for

This book is for readers who are interested in writing their own code using ActionScript 2.0. No prior programming experience is assumed.

Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think, providing a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.

About the Author

Nathan Derksen is a Web media architect working in IBM’s Global Services division. Nathan has more than 6 years of experience with IBM, and 9 years’ experience in the field of Web development. Mr. Derksen was the technical editor for the book Animation and Effects with Macromedia Flash MX 2004 (Jen DeHaan, Macromedia Press), and is a moderator on the Macromedia Flash forum at Nathan can be reached through his personal site at

Jeff Berg is a patent-winning digital media designer and Flash developer. He leads the development of user interfaces for rich Internet applications. Jeff leverages a fine arts degree to approach interface design and programming with problem-solving creativity. His user-centric approach includes self-imposed standards for user experience, usability, and information design. Jeff’s visual background provides a unique position to work on projects with visual design concerns while maintaining concepts of design patterns and object-oriented programming. Jeff currently is focusing on museum and public space projects utilizing pervasive devices in handheld kiosk solutions. He lives in Chicago with his wife Kara and children Cary and Evie. Jeff maintains a web site at

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Frank Stepanski on April 30, 2006
Format: Paperback
Macomedia Flash has been around for awhile now and most know what it is and what kinds of things you can do for it. But most poeple do not know the power behind the scenes in the Flash programming language called ActionScript.

This book explains how ActionScript is as a programming language first, then how it is as a development platform for enriching your Flash applications. The hardest part in my opinion in explaining ActionScript is that designers who use Flash will have a hard time understanding programming concepts and developers will have a hard time understanding the Flash environment using ActionScript. This book does a wonderful job bringing both worlds together (designer and developer) and explaining in an easy to understand way with plenty of examples.

Real world concepts are covered like object oriented programming (OOP), controlling movie-clips, preloading movies, user-interaction, debugging, animation techniques, components, handling text and XML, using JavaScript.

Readers can read the book from start to finish or skip to a particular chapter to focus on a topics without getting feeling lost. There are lots and lots of code snippets and examples that really explain how to se ActionScript correctly. So many other books out there explain ActionScript useless examples (or hardly any) that do not teach you anything. This book really goes in detail why they did it that why and why it is the correct way.

The appendix has some great keyboard shortcuts and the answers to all the exercises after each chapter. Which makes this a great book for a class as well.

This is one of the best books on ActionScript and I highly recommend it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Greg Bulmash on October 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
I looked through a number of ActionScript books before I settled on this one. They don't compartmentalize the language as much as others do, not being afraid to bring in a more advanced topic and discuss it briefly so that an early demo script is actually useful and functional.

Basically, while the demo scripts focus on the task at hand, they're not "dumbed down" to avoid mentioning or using concepts from upcoming chapters. I found that refreshing and useful, because the reason I got the book was to be able to bring my skills up to speed to dig into the guts of an existing open source app. I was able to start reading the code of that app faster than if I had to go through 9 chapters to find out what "this" meant.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pellizzaro Massimiliano on November 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
What an excellent book.
I was not new to Actionscript language, but this book formilized my knowledge and help me in structuring my way of writing Actionscipt code. Writing good actionscript code it's more that knowing how to make things moving, and this book just help you to achive this goal. I have found some new topics that are very difficoult to find and understand over the net this includes the setInterval funcion and the new drawing API, the new bitmap classes and methods and much more. I reccomend this book to anyone that wants to make a jump to a higher lever of programming technique. Maybe this book will not teach you so many new things, someone might expect this by the size of the book (very thick), but it teachs you the phylosofy of a good programmer. Thumbs up !
Max Pellizzaro
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