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ActionScript 3.0 Quick Reference Guide--New from O'Reilly: For Developers and Designers Using Flash CS4 Professional

Press release: October 27, 2008

The ActionScript 3.0 Quick Reference Guide Sebastopol, CA—If you're ready to give your Flash projects a considerable performance boost, learning ActionScript 3.0 is a must. O'Reilly's latest title from the Adobe Developer Library--ActionScript 3.0 Quick Reference Guide ($34.99 USD)--is designed specifically to help Flash designers and developers make the leap from ActionScript 2.0 to the new object-oriented ActionScript 3.0 quickly and painlessly. You'll learn key differences between the two language versions, allowing you to more easily leverage ActionScript 3.0 using Flash CS4 and other Adobe technologies like Flex and AIR.

Written by four of the top experts in the industry, including a member of Adobe's Flash product team--David Stiller, Rich Shupe, Jen deHaan, and Darren Richardson--this book is formatted so you can find any topic easily. With ActionScript 3.0 Quick Reference Guide by your side, you will quickly learn about topics such as:

  • Object-oriented programming (OOP) concepts, such as packages and classes
  • ActionScript 3.0 features and player enhancements that improve performance
  • Workflow differences between ActionScript 2.0 and ActionScript 3.0 including tools, code editing, component sets, and image and font rendering
  • Where did it go? A guide to help you find familiar features in ActionScript 3.0, such as global functions, operators, properties, and statements
  • How do I? Step-by-step solutions for performing tasks with ActionScript 3.0, including input, sound, video, display, events, text, and more

Also included are overviews of Flash and ActionScript features and workflows. ActionScript 3.0 is a huge upgrade to Flash's programming language--and this guide helps you upgrade your skills to match it.

As Branden Hall, CTO of Automatic Studios Ltd, states in the foreword, "No matter what your background, the pages that follow will provide you with some excellent knowledge, insight, and even a little bit of wisdom in the realm of Flash and ActionScript. Happy learning!"

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Jen deHaan is a software engineer on the Flash authoring team at Adobe Systems, Inc.

Darren Richardson writes articles for Web Designer Magazine and community-related sites.

Rich Shupe is co-author of Learning ActionScript 3.0 (O'Reilly), and teaches ActionScript programming at New York's School of Visual Arts' MFA Computer Art Department.

David Stiller is a resident author at Community MX and a regular on the Flash and ActionScript support forums.

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For more information about the book, including table of contents, index, author bios, and cover graphic, see:

The ActionScript 3.0 Quick Reference Guide
David Stiller , Rich Shupe , Jen deHaan , Darren Richardson
ISBN: 9780596517359, 491 pages, Book Price: $34.99 USD, £21.99 GBP
PDF Price: $27.99 USD

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