is a tutorial and reference to ActionScript that meets the needs of both new Flash developers learning the language and experienced coders who need a daily reference.
Author Colin Moock starts off with a primer to Flash terminology and a quick example application--an interactive quiz. Following that, the book quickly gets down to ActionScript nuts and bolts. The first part covers the basics of the language, such as operators, variable scope, and conditional logic, in a traditional presentation. A few lines of example code illustrate each concept.
Critical topics like arrays, movie clips, and object-oriented programming are covered well at the detail level, though a more extensive example application would really have come in handy to illustrate the big picture. The back of the book contains an excellent reference to the ActionScript language, complete with inline example code. ActionScript is an important tool to master, and ActionScript: The Definitive Guide is a fine means to that end. --Stephen W. Plain
"Applied ActionScript Code Depot" shows you how to use common applications, such as processing online forms. "Language Reference" is a detailed reference that aims to make all ActionScript globals, properties, and objects, including extensive implementation samples, easy to find quickly. Code samples are also available from the "Code Depot" on the author's Web site devoted to Flash developers. Topics covered in this book include: step-by-step tutorials of the most common ActionScript behaviours; object-oriented programming in Flash; intelligent interface development; server communication; dynamic content generation; password protection; string handling; message boards; basic physics; and games. The book is structured so both programmers and non-programmers can learn how to use ActionScript. It aims to take the reader well beyond simple Flash animations so they can create their own enhanced Flash-driven sites.