Macromedia Flash MX: A Beginner's Guide
||Author: Brian Underdahl|
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Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media (22 March, 2002)
Sales Rank: 68,866
Average Customer Rating: 4.08 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 2 out of 5
Some good stuff, but weak overall.
I am a java programmer, eager to learn Flash fast. This book was only slightly useful. I found the chatty style just long-winded and condescending.
Here's one example (p.56):"You're probably wondering just what the panel is, anyway. In effect, a panel is effectively what is known as a nonmodal dialog box. That is, a panel can be thought of as a dialog box that does not need to be closed."
In effect, this author needs effectively what is known as a good editor.
The later chapters on actionScript are particularly weak. Too much ink spent defining terms and listing actions out of context. I needed more worked examples. I found the built-in lessons in the Flash Help more useful than this book.
On a postive note, my tired old eyes really liked the large easy-to-read font used in this book. Why the heck do so many software texts have small fonts surrounded by acres of white space?
Rating: 5 out of 5
Excellent Book for Just Starting with Flash MX
I was surprised at how easy it was to start understanding and using Flash with this book. It is organized very well, the language is concise and clear, and one can follow all the examples without having to go over the author's instructions again and again as with so many other books of this kind. In that sense, this book is a confidence builder and should be read by all who are starting with Flash.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Macromedia Flash MX - good beginners guide
I knew a few basics from the files that come with flash, and was able to do very few basic things. I read through this book, and I now have a solid background in all the flash basics. I like the layout too. Great book, excellent for beginners.
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