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Macromedia Flash MX Developer's Guide Paperback – April 19, 2002

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Your Professional Resource for Developing with Flash MX

Maximize the capabilities of Macromedia Flash MX--the preeminent tool for Web-based, interactive, multimedia applications, animation, and content generation--with the advanced development strategies in this professional resource. Inside, you'll find full details on using all of Flash's versatile elements, developing with ActionScript, utilizing dynamic data from MySQL using PHP, integrating with third-party development tools such as SWF Studio, QuickTime, and Director, and creating Flash 3D vector animation with low-cost tools. Build flexible, fast-loading Web pages and applications using Macromedia Flash MX and this expert resource.

  • Use ActionScript--from basic features to advanced techniques
  • Incorporate programmatic motion into your Flash applications
  • Integrate data from dynamic sources
  • Build a Flash front end for PHP/MySQL applications
  • Read, parse, and format XML data in Flash
  • Optimize audio and visual elements for streaming
  • Build Flash and JavaScript bridged applications
  • Create engaging Flash designs using traditional design principles
  • Set attractive text with proven typographic principles
  • Model and rig 3-D characters and animations for Flash vector animation

About the Author

P.S. Woods (Seneca Falls, NY) is a freelance Web developer and consultant. He has contributed many articles and product reviews to the Flash community through the Web Developers' Virtual Library (www.wdvl.com). In his consulting career, he has been retained by clients as small as a storefront ISP in the Mojave desert and as large as Price Waterhouse Coopers.
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Product Details

  • Series: Developer's Guides (Osborne)
  • Paperback: 840 pages
  • Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill; 2nd edition (April 19, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072195592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072195590
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,549,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read these reviews all the time, and I wonder about the people writing them. As you'll note, my review's title is diametrically opposed to another review posted for this book. Basically, it's like this. This is a fine book. The author is a good writer. The coverage and organization is thought out. He obviously spent a substantial amount of time researching Flash and ActionScript, as well as associated technologies covered in the book. Basically, this is a 5-star piece of work. Why people who can verily write a square sentence feel the need to lambaste professional authors is beyond me, and no, I am not the author's brother. If you buy this fine tome, you will not be disappointed.
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I don't generally write reviews on Amazon, but I just happened to take a look at the reviews for this book and found them unjust and wanted to share my views. My reason for purchasing this book was the extremely well documented chapter dealing with XML and Flash. I recently took the Flash Developers Exam and did not do so hot on the XML section of the test. After reading the first 5 pages in this chapter I found all the question I got wrong on the exam. Their coding styles teach you how to use the a lot of the new Flash MX features which is a huge help if you are just now coming over from Flash 5 (or earlier). I found that a good portion of the book covered topics that was covered on the test and really made me surprised as to how much I really didn't know about Flash. This is a book every Flash DEVELOPER should have on their shelves...
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I bought the first edition of this book, Macromedia Flash 5 Developer's Guide, and I found some valuable information. However, given its coverage, it was overpriced. This time, I waited until the book had been released, and before purchasing it, I took a look at it in the bookstore. In short, this edition is a vast improvement. The book is comprehensive and well written. The author delves into topics that receive little or no attention in other books. Everything has been strained and massaged for developers, eliminating remedial or unnecessary coverage. Better yet, the author really drills down into ActionScript, giving you a good handle on advanced topics like XML, Scripting with Objects, and web data. I also appreciated his coverage of QuickTime and Flash Native Video. If you know Flash and you arte looking for a good intermediate to advanced book, I would highly recommend this.
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By A Customer on July 18, 2002
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I've read some reviews here and I'm shoked. These good reviews are not true.
I am really disappointed from this book.
I've read many flash mx books and I can say this is NOT a Flash mx book. This is a Flash 5 book badly (very badly) rearranged to the Mx sauce. It tells you that video in Flash Mx (!) is not so important so it is better to talk on using flash in quicktime. It talks you about Flash Generator (Generator is an obsolete Macromedia product and most of it's function are now included in Mx). I'm sorry to see the author dedicates the books to his parents. Shame on him.
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If you have Flash experience and you want to extend your skills, I would recommend this book. The book is very organized. The author begins with an overview of the Flash environment, focusing on changes and innovations that will matter to you. Then, he launches into some high-level design concepts that advanced readers need to know about. Next, you are treated to a thorough survey of ActionScript - in all of its MX wonder. The next sections focus on server-side development, optimization, offline multimedia, and 3D, which everyone should know about. The writing is clean and concise. Better yet, the coverage of PHP, MySQL, and XML is priceless. I found the book easy-to-read and a nice addition to my library.
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I found many of the example files missing from the download (which in my opinion is pretty weak - where's the cd with the examples???) that was a major disadvantage. The sections that talked about application development were pretty good, but most of the booked seemed irrelevant. I think the title Developer's Guide is a little misleading. I thought Developer referred to application developer, but I guess it is referring to any Flash development. The book does cover a lot of different topics from 3D to Generator (which does not even apply to MX????). So if you are looking for a book covering a little on a lot this may be it.
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