Object-Oriented ActionScript For Flash 8

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With the release of Macromedia Flash 8, Flash is the most powerful and widely-used client software for the web, and it’s the only one that runs on virtually every browser, on every platform. It also features ActionScript, a scripting language with great object-oriented support. As such, Flash is the ideal platform for producing sophisticated object-oriented web applications. Complex applications demand a solid understanding of object-oriented programming (OOP) techniques, regardless of the language and platform ...

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Overview

With the release of Macromedia Flash 8, Flash is the most powerful and widely-used client software for the web, and it’s the only one that runs on virtually every browser, on every platform. It also features ActionScript, a scripting language with great object-oriented support. As such, Flash is the ideal platform for producing sophisticated object-oriented web applications. Complex applications demand a solid understanding of object-oriented programming (OOP) techniques, regardless of the language and platform used, and this book will provide all you need.

Object-Oriented ActionScript For Flash 8 teaches the theory and practice of OOP with ActionScript. You do not need any extensive prior programming experience, you just need to want to go beyond the usual Flash interfaces. Authors and working Flash developers Peter Elst and Todd Yard take you through the complete development cycle of a series of related applications, using numerous step-by-step instructions. You’ll be able to develop highly reusable applications and services that leverage the dynamic features in Flash.

This book demonstrates professional OOP skills and techniques that are completely transferable to other programming languages and technologies, including Inheritance, Polymorphism, managing classes, component development, consuming web services, and much more. It also includes some cutting edge ActionScript programming techniques, and animation and effects classes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590596197
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 2/16/2006
  • Edition description: 1st Corrected ed. 2006. Corr. 3rd printing 2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Elst is a Belgian freelance IT consultant and founding partner of Project Cocoon based in Pondicherry, south India. As a respected member of the online community, Peter has spoken at various international industry events and has had his work published in leading journals.

After studying theatre in London, then working for several years as an actor in the U.S., Todd Yard was introduced to Flash in 2000 and was quickly taken by how it allowed for both stunning creativity and programmatic logic application a truly left-brain, right brain approach to production and has not looked back. He now freelances as a Flash developer in New York City, creating both silly animations and utilitarian applications. His personal work and experimentation can be found at his website, 27Bobs.com.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction to OOP 1
Ch. 2 Programming concepts 11
Ch. 3 ActionScript 2.0 programming 19
Ch. 4 Planning 33
Ch. 5 Project workflow 49
Ch. 6 Best practices 65
Ch. 7 Encapsulation 83
Ch. 8 Classes 103
Ch. 9 Inheritance 121
Ch. 10 Polymorphism 135
Ch. 11 Interfaces 145
Ch. 12 Design patterns 157
Ch. 13 Case study : an OOP media player 201
Ch. 14 Framework overview 241
Ch. 15 Manager classes 259
Ch. 16 UI widgets 279
Ch. 17 OOP animation and effects 333
Ch. 18 Interrelationships and interactions between components 383
Ch. 19 Communication between Flash and the browser 417
Ch. 20 Server communication (XML and Web services) 439
Ch. 21 Case study : time sheet application 483
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