October 12, 2006

ActionScript 3.0 Cookbook: Power Recipes to Program By

Sebastopol, CA--Most developers love to flex their programming muscles and infuse some flash into their projects. But staying abreast of all the dramatic changes in Flash Player and ActionScript languages can frustrate even the most innovative coders--making it tough to cook up something fresh.

Great ideas deserve great tools. And the Adobe Developer Library--a joint partnership between O'Reilly Media and Adobe Systems, Inc.--now gives programmers using Adobe technologies valuable new resources to stir their creative juices. The partnership's first effort--ActionScript 3.0 Cookbook (O'Reilly, US $39.99)--delivers essential ingredients to help programmers realize their Flash and Flex coding dreams.

"We encourage you to use this book when you need an answer," write the trio of expert authors. They are--Darron Schall, a specialist in Rich Internet Applications and Flash Platform development, Joey Lott, a leading speaker and consultant in the Flash community, and Flash developer Keith Peters. They encourage readers to dig into the recipes--aka coding scripts (and more than 300)--both for inspiration and to solve real-world problems.

Employing the time-tested O'Reilly Cookbook style, each recipe follows a straightforward Problem/Solution/Discussion format. By explaining why the code works, readers can adapt it to similar situations. Here's a small sampling of the rock-solid solutions offered for these challenges:

  • Detecting the user's Flash Player version or operating system
  • Formatting dates and currency types
  • Accepting user input and manipulating text strings
  • Drawing shapes at runtime
  • Accessing audio and video
  • Making remote procedure calls using Flash Remoting
  • Loading, sending, and searching XML data
  • If you routinely use ActionScript, keep this book in arm's reach. For novices or masters, or those in between, this recipe-packed book can help everyone dish up computer code or try out new recipes for every ActionScript project.

    Additional Resources:

    ActionScript 3.0 Cookbook
    Joey Lott, Darron Schall, Keith Peters
    ISBN: 0-596-52695-4, 586 pages, $ $39.99 US, $51.99 CA
    1-800-998-9938; 1-707-827-7000

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