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1.0 out of 5 stars They know Flash, but not English, September 24, 2008
This review is from: Foundation Flash CS3 for Designers (Paperback)
These guys obviously have a lot of technical knowledge, but when it comes to actual explanation of the concepts, they fail. Hierarchically speaking, their instruction is gibberish. They jump from vocabulary to examples to anecdotes without giving an overall coherent paradigm for understanding of most major concepts.

In other words, their instruction is valid when taken piecemeal, but does not equip the user to understand or implement correct systems of thinking for the program as a whole.

Furthermore, the speed of instruction and depth of explanation varies wildly from chapter to chapter.
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Initial post: Sep 24, 2008 7:20:12 PM PDT
John,

I'm saddened and surprised to read your review.

Saddened, because Tom and I put a lot of effort into this book. We certainly aimed to please. Both authors attend Flash conferences, answer forum replies, and deal face-to-face with students. These circumstances have given us years of direct feedback, and the lion's share of that input is positive. We often hear things like, "Wow, the way you worded that makes total sense! *Now* I finally get it!" As it happens, the progression we used in this book -- from vocabulary to examples to anecdotes -- matches the laid-back approach we use in those other venues. Naturally, I'm bummed to hear it doesn't click that way for you.

My surprise stems from the particular criticism you levy. We've had other readers wonder aloud where the sample files are (FoundationFlashCS3.com and friendsOfED.com) and object to a handful of errata (also noted on FoundationFlashCS3.com), but the assertion that our communication stills are abysmal is a first. The severity of your rating tells me you're solid on your verdict, so ... I'll just respectfully agree to disagree with you. I do thank you, in any case, for acknowledging that we "obviously have a lot of technical knowledge."

For anyone reading this who's still considering a purchase, I encourage you to head over to the publisher's website, http://www.friendsofed.com/book.html?isbn=159059861X, for a free sample chapter in PDF format. It's a full chapter, and I hope it gives you an idea how well our writing style matches your particular taste or style of learning.
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