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Macromedia Flash MX 2004 Game Programming (Premier Press Game Development) Paperback – November 6, 2003


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Product Details

  • Series: Premier Press Game Development
  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Muska & Lipman/Premier-Trade; 1 edition (November 6, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592000363
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592000364
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.4 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,193,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Craig Murray?s first computer program was in the early 1980?s, using AppleBasic. He has a BS in computer Science from Purdue University, with a minor in Mathematics. Craig is also the founder of Medusa Studios (www.medusastudios.com) and currently teaches Java and C Programming at IUPUI.

Justin Everett-Church is a Flash developer specializing in Web Games. Justin currently works for Yahoo!, where he creates games and IMVironments for Yahoo! Messenger. Outside of work, Justin teaches a course on ActionScript at Ohlone College and plays just about any game he can get his hands on. His Web site is http://www.infinitumdesign.com and he currently lives in Fremont, California.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By JCarver on January 25, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a pretty decent book in an easy-to follow format which does a great job of providing information for it's stated purpose (Flash MX game programming).
As an experienced programmer who just started toying with Flash, I would say this book certainly opened my eyes to the capabilities of Flash and Actionscript. After reading Chapter 6, it took about an hour to modify the "Space Invaders" type game into a "Math Blaster" game to help my son learn his multiplication tables.
It also does an admirable job of being useful for beginners and experienced programmers. For those already familiar with Javascript, there will be a lot of repeated material but the book's format makes this easy to skim through.
Now for the problems. First off, the index is one of the worst I've ever seen. I typically scan through an entire book to see what kind of information is available then use the index when I need to look up the specifics. This book might as well not have one. I finally started writing my own additions in the margins of the index pages.
The second problem probably isn't fair to mention but, because of the useless index, you will definitely still need a good Actionscript reference (is there one out there?). Again, to be fair, the book never claims to be a reference.
If you plan to program Flash games or just want to learn what Flash is capable of doing, read this book. If you're looking for a reference guide, move on (and please let me know when you find one).
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Aswad Ali on June 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
I always wanted to make games, but making games with languages
like c++, java, visual basic is not an easy job. Thanks to
Macromedia it in now much easier to make games with Flash than it was ever before. Therefore Macromedia Flash mx 2004 Game Programming is a great place to start. Why? Well this book is
simple, fun and easy to follow. You dont need to have a computer science degree. Even if you ever have programmed games
with other languages, this book will open your eyes on capabilities of Flash. The book starts with an introduction to
Flash enviroment and scripting. These two chapters could've
been removed. Any one having no knowledge of Flash can never
attempt to programme games. It is obvious that one must have
some minor(or in some cases major) understanding of the tool.
This book also does not cover any thing about sound. I think
sound is a great way to convey your message. If the authors have replaced the first two chapters with a sound chapter,
this book could have been a great book. But even without any sound it is still a great book to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Akm on July 24, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book presents all the concepts needed to get started on your own games in Flash. It covers the basics for game programming and even provides a little on advanced topics. This was my first book on game programming (any type not just in flash) and I can definitely recommend it as a good introduction.

The first two chapters start with brief introductions to Flash and ActionScript. With these chapters, existing knowledge of Flash is not technically needed. But, anyone using this book should probably already understand Flash, including some ActionScript. In lesson 3 we code our first game - a simple mouse chaser. Every lesson after that progressed at a nice pace with each adding a little more material and eventually leading to advanced topics. In lesson 10 we use a recursive function to program an AI for a tic-tac-toe game. Even simple game physics was introduced, including the code needed for object collisions and reflections. Some of the math required includes the trigonometric functions (sine, cosine, tangent), the Pythagorean Theorem and vectors. The last chapter wraps up with a few game and general Flash concepts such as a preloader, loading data dynamically and JavaScript calls. Although no game is introduced here, a simple high score board is demonstrated with CGI as the server side language. All the code for each game or chapter is broken down into small fragments with each explained with plenty of detail. The CD includes project files with all the complete game code as well as without code for those who want to type it out.

Like many programming books there were a few mistakes and problems in this one as well. A few of the project files had library symbols with incorrect identifiers in the linkage properties window.
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By N. Dougan on October 25, 2005
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I was a bit hesitant to purchase the book because I have had a bad experience with other books in the series. However, Craig Murray does an excellent job of pacing the information so that you never feel like you are learning too little or trying to cram too much. Very well done and lots of good information.
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