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Macromedia Flash 8 @work: Projects and Techniques to Get the Job Done
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From the Back Cover
Phillip Kerman'sMacromedia Flash 8 @work: Projects and Techniques to Get the Job Doneapproaches learning from a different perspective than the typical book on a web graphics application. Rather than simply describing how to use each feature of a product,Macromedia Flash 8 @workintroduces key tools in a single chapter and then moves on to what you really want to know -- how to use Macromedia Flash to complete the projects you're likely to face every day on the job.
You'll get step-by-step coverage of how to complete 10 common projects chosen by a panel of Flash users. Plus, tips, tricks, and notes will provide you with the information you need to apply what you learn on these projects to others you'll undoubtedly be asked to create at work.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
Creating Flash projects over and over again, you definitely realize there are certain patterns to your work. You need video, you need a preloader, you need to parse XML files, etc. A lot of books try to cover everything available to a Flash programmer and end up really telling you very little. By focusing in on what's important, Mr. Kerman has written something very close to a masterpiece in the field.
Chapter 1 is an excellent overview of the new features in Flash 8, and frankly I wasn't even aware of half of them because Macromedia doesn't really emphasize the new features of the ActionScript language, they emphasize the authoring environment and the visuals. Chapter 2 is an overview of constructing a real-world Flash project and it is priceless. You become a great Flash developer when you see how a Flash project is really just a lot of pieces put together. You learn in this chapter how to break apart your projects, how to arrange content, and so forth. It's an excellent prelude to the rest of the book.
The rest of the chapters of the book (and contents of the CD-ROM) cover eight projects similar to the types of real-world projects I've been doing lately. I'm not going to cover them all, they're all really good, but let's take some examples from the Portfolio chapter. This is an excellent example of what's great about this book.Read more ›
What this book does NOT do:
- Teach you how to create an API.
- Teach you Flash 8 from beginner to expert (this is NOT a tutorial or anything similar)
- Teach you ActionScript
What this book does do:
- Give you working APIs for real projects.
- Explain to you how to work with the particular APIs.
- Get you thinking about ActionScript as a full featured programming language.
- Get your work done, hiding in the API a lot of the complexity.
- Saves you time.
If you are looking for a tutorial on flash, you will find many, though I haven't been particularly impressed by any Flash tuotrial book up to date. And this book was never set to be a tutorial, it goes straight to the project.
I would highly recommend this book for those busy professionals that have a lot of projects come up and who don't have the time to learn yet another programming language. I consider myself at an intermediate level in flash, but a beginner in Actionscript.
Phillip Kerman did a very good job in providing several "projects and techniques to get the job done". Which was what he set up to do with this book, and hence he gets 5 full stars. This book saved me about 20-30 hours of research and coding I would have required to create a couple of projects.
If you are looking for a tutorial on Flash 8 or Actionscript stay away from this book. However, if you are looking for high quality, working Flash 8 code that you can customize for your own projects, it would be hard to find a better one.
There are many examples where the author shows how various techniques can be achieved without programming in the timeline, which some readers may be more comfortable with, and he then shows how the same goal is accomplished with programming for comparison. He takes the sensitive tone of a mentor as he shares his insight on the benefits and drawbacks of each approach in order to help the reader decide which may be best for their own projects.
Those wanting to jump into scripting have the benefit of the file templates provided on the CD-ROM. The book walks through the design and construction of each project. Completed samples are provided with the book and more templates are available for download from the author's web site,. This way you can focus on the concepts of design and construction or the details of implementation depending on your needs and interests.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is ok. It might not give you the "punch" that you need to open your eyes about Flash, but its fine for bigginers who want a hands on approach to learning.Published on February 27, 2008 by Benjamin Chuunga
I have tried to learn Actionscript for around 5 years and bought several books about this theme so far. So, this year I told myself: "You love Flash... Read morePublished on August 3, 2007 by Cliente Amazon
I wouldn't say the book is "totally useless" but the decision the author made to serve up ActionScript without explanation because he thought we "didn't want to get our hands... Read morePublished on June 26, 2007 by Running Bill
With all due respect to the author, (who obviously knows his stuff quite well), this book is terrible for learning. Read morePublished on May 14, 2007 by NoLongerHere
I enjoyed this book for the very fact that it was project based, using Flash 8 features as well as traditional uses. Read morePublished on February 25, 2007 by Doug
I'm getting back into Flash again after a few years of not working with it and Phil's book has been invaluable in helping me bring my skills up to date as well as providing me with... Read morePublished on February 7, 2007 by Sean D.
This book is a great resource on how to a variety of tasks you may be asked to do for a client or for yourself as a freelancer. Read morePublished on December 22, 2006 by Christopher B. Hayes
Although I was new to the world of actionscripting when I purchased and read Flash@Work for the first time, I rather enjoyed the read and its logical approach to scripting. Read morePublished on September 29, 2006 by Thomas Diaz