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Waiting for AS 3.0 Books

A couple of days ago the ActionScript 3.0 Cookbook has been published. Obviously it’s a Must-Have but so far I resisted to buy it, waiting for some User Reviews on Amazon. Anyone else got it already? I would be interested in if many new stuff is covered or if it’s just a AS3.0 fitted version of the older AS Cookbook (though I doubt that when I read the authors names).

Then there is the highly anticipated Flex 2 book which is due for the 1. quarter next year and so it still takes a while until then. Another book I’m looking forward to is Advanced ActionScript 3 with Design Patterns, also by Joey Lott, especially because I still haven’t fully grasped patterns. Maybe this will help.

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  1. October 16th, 2006 at 19:32 | #1

    The cookbook does have some really cool info in it. Of course, it starts with basics, so there’s stuff on numbers and arrays and strings, etc., which may not be that useful to people coming over from AS2, though just about every area in AS3 has had some changes.

    But some of the later chapters are really great, such as the XML and RegEx chapters, which I am reading myself right now, and the Socket programming chapter.

    The cookbook format is not everyone’s cup of tea, but check it out at a bookstore at least, and see what you think. I think at the very least, it’s a great reference for some of the more complex stuff.

  2. October 16th, 2006 at 22:16 | #2

    Thanks for the info Keith! Not sure what you mean by the books format, I guess it’s like the old Cookbook, just a couple of pages fewer. I guess it’s on my Amazon Order list very soon.

  3. October 16th, 2006 at 22:33 | #3

    By the format, I mean the usual cookbook format: problem, solution, discussion. Generally I prefer a more narrative tutorial or strict reference format. But like I said, some of the chapters in this are really great.

  4. January 20th, 2007 at 01:15 | #4

    I pre-ordered it some months ago, and was pleased to get the amazon email that it was released and being shipped to Belgium as I was reading the email :).

    The cookbook concept indeed is a “problem – solution” one which indeed isn’t really usefull to just read page by page. I always buy the cookbook series because they are usefull when you hit a wall while actually coding or designing something. Basically when you need a quick reference on something more abstract than “how to load a movieclip” which the normal code doc offers.

    I guess it’s as usefull to read through as a narrative tutorial is when you use that to look for something specific :). I immediatly put it on my bookshelf close to my computer, in case …. :)

    Just my pov.

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