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Peter Elst is a Belgian freelance IT consultant and founding partner of Project Cocoon based in Pondicherry, south India. As a respected member of the online community, Peter has spoken at various international industry events and has had his work published in leading journals.

Sas Jacobs is a Web developer who loves working with Flash. She set up her business Anything Is Possible in 1994, working in the areas of web development, information technology training and technical writing. The business works with large and small clients building web applications with ASP.NET, Flash, XML and databases. Sas has also spoken at conferences such as Flash Forward, MXDU and FlashKit on topics relating to XML and dynamic content in Flash. In her spare time, Sas is passionate about travelling, photography and enjoying life. One of her most fervent wishes is that Flash will take over the Web!

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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: friendsofED; 1 edition (July 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590598458
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590598450
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mainframe on October 13, 2007
Format: Paperback
I've been eagerly reading as much as I can to dive into AS 3.0. I know AS 2.0 sufficiently well, but never got into the OOP side of things. After reading some design patterns books, and Essential Actionscript 3.0 (must have) I definitely understood the concepts of OOP, which was great. But then I'd sit down and try to code some kind of small app, and I felt like I knew nothing.

I like this book because it has tons and tons of code samples that I can easily read through and understand as I go, plus case studies to work on. That helps me get over that conceptual hump and actually get things done.

I really like Friends of Ed books. Anytime I feel stuck with learning a topic, it seems like I can turn to one of their books and cruise through it. I read this on the train every day - for some reason, you can just read these as you would a novel (well, sort of).

If you want to get a good grasp on OOP (and you really should if you're looking to learn AS 3.0) I would definitely pick this up as well as Essential Actionscript 3.0. You'll be good to go.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey M. Smith on March 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
Title: Object-Oriented Actionscript 3.0
Authors: Peter Elst, Sas Jacobs, and Todd Yard
Publisher: Friends of ED (July 23rd, 2007)
ISBN: 1590598458
I figured this book would be next logical step in learning actionscript. I will state this book is not for those who are just beginning actionscript as the depth will make your head spin. If you are just beginning AS I suggest you pick up the Foundation Actionscript for Flash 8 by Friend of Ed or head over LearnFlash to check out their Introduction to Actionscript 3.0 videos. The thing that I looked forward to most about this book is the OOP discussions. As a developer, I am always looking for a better explanation of a very important aspect of development.
The book is divided into five sections. The first section deals with OOP and Actionscript. It throws in a basic programming concepts and an introduction to Actionscript. Part two deals Flash OOP guidelines. It contains chapters dealing with best practices, planning, and project workflow. They decided to stick a Flex chapter in this section which seemed odd to me. Part three deals with the core OOP concepts such as encapsulation, classes, inheritance, Polymorphism, interfaces, and a section on design patterns. Part four deals with building and extending dynamic frameworks. They talk about manager classes, UI widgets, and OOP animation/effects. The final part deals with data integration. The authors provide details on exchanging data between components, communication with the browser, and various forms of server communication (XML and web Services. The book concludes with an example of a slideshow engine.
The layout is very reminiscent of other books in this series.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy R. Heckathorn on October 24, 2007
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I had read the Object-Oriented ActionScript for Flash 8 which was the predecessor to Object-Oriented ActionScript 3.0 and it was one of the best books I ever read. So, I cracked open this new book with high expectations and I am happy to report that I was not disappointed in the least. Both books are outstanding. If you're still working in ActionScript 2 get the first book. If you are ready to, or already have taken on ActionScript 3.0 this new book is a must have. Not that this will comes as a surprise, friendsofEd have always put out great teaching books.

The greatest values of Object-Oriented ActionScript 3.0 are not only in how well explained the principles of OOP are, but also in learning some great code techniques as well. Take your time with this book and really come to understand each line of code. You will find that you will learn many different code tricks that will serve to make you a far more efficient and effective coder. One of the other great things about this book is that because it focuses on ActionScript 3.0 and not specifically Flash, it also covers developing in Flex and other IDEs making the book even more versatile.

Object-Oriented ActionScript 3.0 also does a wonderful job of walking you through real world examples that will have actual use in future development. Many of the examples build on each other to give you a greater understanding of how each of the techniques and/or principles of OOP can work together to form a successful application.

It should be said that this is not a book for the faint of heart so if you are new to Flash, I would suggest you start with something geared toward beginners. However, at the same time, don't think you need to be an expert either. Object-Oriented ActionScript 3.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Delaplaine on August 22, 2008
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As someone new to AS 3.0, coming from a designer background and previously using AS 2, I was looking for an explanation of ActionScript 3.0 and an introduction to OOP. I was hoping for simple to understand explanations using "big picture" generalities that then moved down into specifics and offered code to illustrate each point. This book is partially that, but unfortunately it is technically over my head at this point in my development. I will definitely revisit this book after I get more coding experience. That being said, it does an excellent job explaining differences between AS 1 through AS 3, as well as many other concepts. In general, the book's "readability" would be improved if some chapters were in a different order and short, simple projects were added along the way to better illustrate each new concept. I'm thinking specifically of the chapters on Planning, Patterns and Workflow. It isn't until the middle of the book that this begins to happen. I think the book bogs down in detail early on, for example, the chapter on Flex is written with the assumption readers are not only familiar with Flex, but prefer using it over coding directly in the Flash application. Simply stating Flex's advantages immediately and briefly would improve the rest of the chapter. Also, highlighting new blocks of code as they appear would make them stand out immediately. I found myself searching blocks of code to understand the point being made.
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