Sams Teach Yourself Flash MX ActionScript in 24 Hours

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Macromedia Flash delivers sound, interactivity, graphics, and animations across multiple browsers and platforms. It enables developers to create interactive interfaces and distinctive Web applications. ActionScript is the behind-the-scenes programming language that offers greater control and functionality in Flash programming.

Sams Teach Yourself Flash ActionScript in 24 Hours offers a clearly written, well organized introduction to programming Flash with ActionScript. The ...

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Overview

Macromedia Flash delivers sound, interactivity, graphics, and animations across multiple browsers and platforms. It enables developers to create interactive interfaces and distinctive Web applications. ActionScript is the behind-the-scenes programming language that offers greater control and functionality in Flash programming.

Sams Teach Yourself Flash ActionScript in 24 Hours offers a clearly written, well organized introduction to programming Flash with ActionScript. The reader will be taught basic programming techniques while creating their own interactive Flash movies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780672323850
  • Publisher: Sams
  • Publication date: 5/6/2002
  • Series: Sams Teach Yourself Series
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary Rosenzweig started programming in the early '80s on TRS-80 and Apple computers. After getting a degree in computer science from Drexel University, he started using the Flash-like tools Hypercard and Macromedia Director to create multimedia applications.

After getting a degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Rosenzweig began to work with Macromedia Director professionally and eventually wrote six books about Director. His most recent is Special Edition Using Director 8.5 from Que publishing.

In 1995, Rosenzweig started CleverMedia, a game development company that specializes in Shockwave games. CleverMedia now has four game sites, including http://clevermedia.com/ and http://flasharcade.com/. The latter is a site composed completely of Flash games, some dating back to Flash 2.

Rosenzweig also speaks at Macromedia User Conferences, the Game Developers Conference, and other events. In his spare time, he reads a lot of classic science fiction, watches independent films, and listens to alternative rock music. He lives in Denver, Colorado, with his wife, Debby; dog, Natasha; and daughter, Lucy. You can find out more and contact him through his Web site http://www.garyrosenzweig.com/.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Getting Started with ActionScript 5
Hour 1 Your First Look at ActionScript 7
Hour 2 Using the Script Editing Window 19
Hour 3 Learning to Program 33
Hour 4 Writing Code in Flash 45
Pt. II Navigation and Animation with ActionScript 65
Hour 5 Controlling the Flow of the Movie 67
Hour 6 Controlling Movie Clips 79
Hour 7 Moving and Changing Movie Clips 91
Hour 8 Selecting and Dragging Movie Clips 107
Pt. III Manipulating Information with ActionScript 123
Hour 9 Getting Input from the User 125
Hour 10 Creating and Controlling Text 139
Hour 11 Working with Numbers 151
Hour 12 Objects and Arrays 169
Pt. IV User Interface Elements 181
Hour 13 Rollovers 183
Hour 14 Scrolling 195
Hour 15 User Input Elements 207
Hour 16 Pull-Down Menus and Dynamic Buttons 223
Pt. V Controlling External Events with ActionScript 237
Hour 17 Browser Navigation and Communication 239
Hour 18 Sending Information to the Server 251
Hour 19 Using XML with Flash 263
Hour 20 Printing 277
Pt. VI Advanced Topics 287
Hour 21 Using Components 289
Hour 22 Controlling Sound with ActionScript 303
Hour 23 Managing Movie Streaming 313
Hour 24 Drawing with ActionScript 323
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2005

    Not a bad book for beginners

    This is a great book for getting your feet wet in ActionScript. If you've never had any experience with it, this might not be a bad place to start. DO NOT, though, expect to have a complete or advanced understanding of ActionScript after reading this book. This is at best a quick overview.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2002

    A very good book for the beginning to intermediate ActionScript programmer.

    A very good book for the beginning to intermediate ActionScript programmer. The book is well organized each chapter builds on the last while introducing a new subject. The reader is provided with excellent example code. Although the format is for teaching the programmer can also use the book as a handy reference guide.

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