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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.
|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|
|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|
|App. A||New Features Overview||389|
|App. B||Interacting with a Web Server||409|
|App. C||Movie Clip Events||429|
|App. D: Reference||433|
Posted August 13, 2002
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?!' :)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.