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November 13, 2003 0321228413 978-0321228413

If you're a true Flash master--and we're betting you are--you know that the real power behind the throne in Macromedia's wildly popular Web animation software is its programming language: ActionScript 2.0. Offering a more robust programming model and better object-oriented programming support than ever before, ActionScript 2.0 allows you to take your Flash MX 2004 designs to new levels--if, that is, you know how to make full use of it. This volume, from the folks behind the software, makes sure that you do! In this highly cross-referenced dictionary, you'll find detailed descriptions of every ActionScript operator, keyword, statement, action, property, function, object, component, and method. What's more, an invaluable chart will help you locate definitions for symbolic operators or methods even when you don't know the object or component class. To top it all off, Macromedia has rounded up a posse of Flash and ActionScripting luminaries to contribute articles on a range of topics--from converting ActionScript 1.0 to ActionScript 2.0 to using design patterns in Flash.

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About the Author

We have put together a team of Flash community leaders to author important articles of interest to those using ActionScript and ActionScript 2.0: aYo Binitie, Jeremy Brown, Randy Drisgill, Alistair McLeod, William Sanders, Jeff Tapper, and Steven Webster. Together these community leaders have contributed to numerous publications and have been mainstays at Flash conferences around the world.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 1056 pages
  • Publisher: Macromedia Press (November 13, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321228413
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321228413
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 2.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,472,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Total ripp off [zero stars] April 2, 2004
First of all, I am not that much of a review writer, but feel I have to add to the reviews above. I bought this book before the reviews above were written. If only I had waited. Anyway: why is this a ripp off?
1. it should have come with the software in the first place as the new help function within flash is totally unusable, and the documentation was far from complete.
2. it is full of mistakes, and the only erratum is the updated helpfunction with the software.
3. it was published at the time that even Macromedia knew that the documentation with their software was far from complete AND full of errors. Never could understand why they would repeat that unforgivable error in a book and dare ask money for it.
As a sidenote: the docs with the software are updated in the meantime, so you might as well put your printer to work if you need a printed copy. Don't waste your money on this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to the library October 19, 2006
By C. Hill
Review of Actionscript Language Reference for Macromedia Flash 8


Actionscript Language Reference for Macromedia Flash 8 from Macromedia Press and Rew Riders is a "thick book" that every Flash Designer or Developer should have sitting next to the keyboard. But don't let the words "Macromedia Flash" fool you into thinking this book is about animation or designing in Flash. This is a no nonsense dictionary-style resource that provides a ton of information about the powerful scripting language behind Flash 8.

Because this is a reference book, I will be comparing the content to another book published by New Riders and Macromedia Press, Macromedia Flash MX 2004 Actionscript 2.0 Dictionary. These two books are very similar in content and I would consider the Flash 8 book to be the second

edition of the Flash MX 2004 book.

First the bad news:

Because I had previously read the Flash MX 2004 book, I was a little suprised to see that the Flash 8 book has omitted, in my opinion, some valualbe editorial content in the beginning of the book. The Flash MX 2004 book includes articles from Flash Community Leaders that helps to build a good foundation for the rest of the book. The second issue that I had while reviewing the Flash 8 book was that it was a bit harder to find the reference information I needed. This is because the Flash 8 book uses a different style to list the language elements that is a bit harder to read (see below example).

Flash MX 2004 Dictionary: LoadVars.onData

Flash 8 Language Reference: onData(LoadVars.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not with someone else's barge pole... December 15, 2003
By A Customer
Let me start off by saying that I knew before buying this book that the overwhelming majority of the material was a regurgitation of the online help information within Flash MX 2004 itself. Indeed, my main reason for buying was to have a hard copy of this information that I could plonk on my desk and refer to when necessary.
The biggest issue with this book is that the reference section seems not to be indexed at all, and neither do these pages have tabbed edges. In addition, the version of the documentation this is based on is full of errors and has some gaping holes that have since been fixed in the online help documentation. All these combine to make the book completely unusable as a reference.
Secondly, the articles are a complete waste fo time if you've done any basic reading up on the subject matter on the internet. You can find more helpful information on Flash MX 2004 and ActionScript 2.0 on the major Flash community sites, written by real community leaders that actually know what they're talking about. Admittedly I didn't buy the book for the articles, but had I done so I would have been severely disappointed.
At such a low price, I didn't expect a lot from this book and was prepared to forgive a few minor niggles. What I've now got is a moderately expensive door stop, and I would recommend heartily that anyone thinking about buying this book think again. If I could have given this book zero stars, I would have done, so I'm now waiting for the Moock/O'Reilly book on ActionScript 2.0 and OOP, which is what I should have done in the first place.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars BE AWARE!! This book contains MAJOR script errors February 12, 2005
By b.evel
I bought this thinking "Macromedia should knopw how to write a dictionary about their own product, right?" This book looks like went to press without even passing NEAR an editor's desk; in the first 5 references I looked up, four of them were incomplete or outright wrong. Syntax listings are written incorrectly, and I have found usage samples under code listings that just would not work, because they have been written incorrectly. Having worked with Flash for 6 years now, I was really hoping to have a nice handy reference to sit on my desk. This book is NOT it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Why get the hard copy when you have it built-in-Flash? February 7, 2005
If you think, like me, you are going to learn how to create chunky codes by buying this book, think again. In fact, except for the articles at the beginning, most of the stuff in this book is in help section of Flash. If you open the help panel in Flash, search for whatever item in the dictionary, you will get sometimes exact descriptions what the dictionary says. Yet, it is a good reference, assuming you don't like reading off of a screen. This IS ONLY A REFERNCE. It is not going to teach you code, although they offer some sample codes depending on the feature you are looking for.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Thorough and in depth compared to other Flash Books on AS2/Flash MX...
I have quite a few Flash books starting with Flash 4 and on. This book is an ideal reference and to keep handy when exploring new Actionscript commands and example applications. Read more
Published on January 18, 2010 by Xzone9 Productions
4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful
The Actionscript Language reference is primarily for the intermediate user already familiar with the flash authoring environment and a little scripting. Read more
Published on October 27, 2008 by Wilson Kingori
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable Reference
There's a built-in ActionScript 2.0 Dictionary in the Flash Help files, and on the Adobe website. And it's more up to date than this. Read more
Published on August 3, 2008 by D. Hoelck
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Useful Reference for a Great Price!
I have found this book to be a very useful reference. I don't think it was really meant to teach novice Flash designers/developers how to become an ActionScript developer. Read more
Published on May 9, 2006 by Matthew Hartman
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource for all Flash 8 Developers
Bought this after upgrading from Flash MX 2004 Pro to Flash 8 in order to delve deeper into AS 2.0 and the new classes offered in Macromedia/Adobe's latest Flash release. Read more
Published on December 28, 2005 by Sean Foushee
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensiv dictionary
As its name states this is an ActionScript dictionary. It is devided in several parts being the last one the dictionary. Read more
Published on March 24, 2005 by Vicente Francisco Capo Llop
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent ActionScript 2 Resource
When you fall in troubles doing your Flash project this book is a must! A complete reference for ActionScipt 2. Read more
Published on January 10, 2005 by Salman Hajipour
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource
Finally a really easy to use quick resource for Action Script. O'reilly's was good but, stopped at 1.0. Read more
Published on March 26, 2004 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of room for improvement
This tome is basically two books mashed together. The first being a set of Flash articles while the second is THE actual Actionscript 2.0 dictionary. Read more
Published on February 25, 2004 by LUKE O.
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