Now that Flash 5 has been out for awhile, thousands of Flash developers have begun to realize the awesome power of its ActionScript programming language. ActionScripting in Flash is the most comprehensive, thorough guide to ActionScript we've seen -- for both novice and experienced programmers.
Philip Kerman starts with a Foundations section that introduces the language's fundamental syntax, program structure and elements -- including the movie clip object, functions, selecting text, trapping keys, manipulating strings, arrays, objects, and smart clips. There's basic programming theory for newbies (including tips on style); and a full chapter on debugging.
The book concludes with a test: Kerman gives you ten faulty Flash files, a clue about what's wrong, and a challenge to find and fix the problems. Succeed here, and you've officially mastered ActionScript.(Bill Camarda)
--Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced products and services. He served for nearly ten years as vice president of a New Jersey-based marketing company, where he supervised a wide range of graphics and web design projects. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000