Object-Oriented Macromedia Flash MX

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Overview

  • Teaches object-oriented programming (OOP) from the ground up
  • A step-by-step guide addressed to all programming skill levels
  • Readers will learn to create dynamic, reusable services with Flash ActionScript
  • More information and additional chapters can be found on the author's Web site, www.billdrol.com
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Overview

  • Teaches object-oriented programming (OOP) from the ground up
  • A step-by-step guide addressed to all programming skill levels
  • Readers will learn to create dynamic, reusable services with Flash ActionScript
  • More information and additional chapters can be found on the author's Web site, www.billdrol.com
  • Please click here to read a review about this title.

Object-Oriented Macromedia Flash MX teaches object-oriented programming skills using Flash MX ActionScript. It assumes no previous programming experience and encourages Flash users who normally avoid ActionScript. Author William Drol develops a series of related applications using numerous step-by-step instructions and demonstrates the importance of good planning, documentation, and clean coding.

Flash MX 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. As such, it is the ideal platform for sophisticated Web applications, especially when paired with XML. Sophisticated applications demand a solid understanding of object-oriented programming techniques, regardless of the language and platform used.

This may be the only Flash book entirely devoted to object-oriented programming. This book is for readers who want to do more than load and publish the pre-built Flash MX templates, who want to make sure their work is reusable, who want to learn solid programming techniques and, above all, who want to build the next generation of Web-based applications.

By the time readers finish Object-Oriented Macromedia Flash MX, readers will be able to develop highly reusable applications and services that leverage the dynamic features in Flash MX ActionScript.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590590140
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 6/13/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 504
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

William Drol entered Macromedia Flash development with a varied background in object-oriented programming and graphic design. His first experience with macromedia was the admittedly quirky, but OOP-based Macromedia Director and Lingo. Today, there are many reasons to be excited about Flash MX and the hugely improved ActionScript. Drol looks forward to integrating Flash MX with Web services, and he pursues other technologies such as XML, XSLT, and his current favorite, Microsoft C#. Learn more about the author at www.billdrol.com.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. 1 OOP and ActionScript 1
Ch. 1 Part One Overview 3
Ch. 2 Introduction to OOP 5
Ch. 3 Concepts for Beginning Programmers 13
Ch. 4 Flash ActionScript Programming 19
Pt. 2 Flash OOP Basics 45
Ch. 5 Part Two Overview and Setup 47
Ch. 6 Planning 57
Ch. 7 Encapsulation 67
Ch. 8 Classes 89
Ch. 9 Inheritance 109
Ch. 10 Polymorphism 137
Pt. 3 Building a Dynamic Framework 151
Ch. 11 Part Three Overview 153
Ch. 12 MovieClip Class Extensions 155
Ch. 13 Classes for Dynamic Content 179
Ch. 14 Services for Dynamic Content 207
Ch. 15 Testing the Framework 217
Pt. 4 Extending the Dynamic Framework 239
Ch. 16 Part Four Overview 241
Ch. 17 Additional MovieClip Class Extensions 243
Ch. 18 The MenuItem Class 255
Ch. 19 The Menu Class 275
Ch. 20 The MenuBar Class 311
Pt. 5 XML in Flash 321
Ch. 21 Part Five Overview 323
Ch. 22 Introduction to XML 327
Ch. 23 Using XML in Flash 337
Ch. 24 XML Class Extensions 353
Ch. 25 Finishing the XML Menu Service 367
Ch. 26 Reusing the XML Menu Service 379
Pt. 6 Appendixes 387
App. A New Features Overview 389
App. B Interacting with a Web Server 409
App. C Movie Clip Events 429
App. D: Reference 433
Index 471
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2002

    Woohoo!

    If you're already familiar with ActionScript, this one is excellent. I'm a a designer as a opposed to a programmer -my only programming experience has been with Flash- and this book does a really good job of introducing the 'right way' to do things. The quick tutorials and relatively interesting reading make it easy to soak up a lot of information pretty fast. The only drawback is that I find myself developing a bizarre preoccupation with efficiency and reuseability- when I look at projects I've already completed it's... 'WHY did I EVER do THAT like THAT?!' :)

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