Top positive review
Most comprehensive overall...
on November 27, 2011
When I set out to learn Actionscript 3.0 I bought a number of helpful books from various publishers, but, all of them left me with significant gaps in my knowledge. This book filled in those gaps.
It is hands down the most comprehensive book on the topic that I know of. Cookbook-style teaching books will give you any number of useful code-based solutions to try on your websites, but, if you persevere with this book you'll have all the knowledge that you need to code your own solutions from the ground up. That being said, this book is not simple and straightforward... it is definitely comprehensive. It seemingly covers every nook and cranny of the language. So, while I don't hesitate to recommend that ALL learners of Actionscript 3.0 have this book on their shelf, depending on your capacity for programming languages, you will probably also want either a more introductory book or a cookbook. That being if you're either a total novice to the topic or if you have a basic handle on the language and you'd like to have access to any number of previously prepared solutions to try. At some point, however, you're going to have questions about what Actionscript can and cannot do, and this is where 'Essential Actionscript 3.0' is the most useful reference that I know of.
Also, I have to say. My first order of this book was sent to me with severe printing flaws, rendering it 50% unreadable. I was skeptical about Amazon's returns policy, but, to their credit, it was quick and painless. I had a perfect replacement in my hands within a very short time after reporting the situation. So thanks to Amazon for that.