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The Flash Anthology: Cool Effects & Practical Actionscript

to buy or not to buy......

this is my question...

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Have you had a flick through it? Do you like it?

aidan09Author Commented:
just seen it on amazon at a good price
also seen bunches of reviews about it
I think any book on flash can be useful if it gives you methods/actionscript/ideas. I never actually bought a book on flash myself, but I used to read the flash bible in the bookshop in lunch-breaks.

If you can afford it, buy it. If not, use the web:)
(Obviously I haven't read it myself o/w I might be more use with your question:)

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aidan09Author Commented:
thanks billy
my actionscript knowledge could do with a total overhaul, and i was hoping there was a 'learn it all in easy words' sorta book out there to serve the purpose
thanks again
It does say it provides examples, and examples are, I find, the best way to understand action script. Just depends how much actionscript the examples use (or whether they are more graphic based)

I have "Macromedia Flash MX: Hands on Training" from lynda.com (Lynda Weinman), and I had a really good experience with it. It teaches the basics of Flash, and does so using examples. Actionscript is covered in the later chapters, and an included CD even has some movies on it that show you the exact process they go through to achieve the results in the book (which is fully illustrated, anyways). I checked out the book you had listed in your question, and it seems like the Hands On Training books cover many of the same topics. They have several versions of the book (including a 'beyond the basics' version, for more advanced Flash users). Here's a link to a search result for "Flash Hands on Training" at Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/search-handle-url/ref=dp_searchBox_1/102-1286015-3471332?url=index%3Dbooks%26dispatch%3Dsearch%26results-process%3Dbin&field-keywords=flash+hands+on+training&x=0&y=0)
I hope that helps :)

In my opinion, you can make really great effects using your own creativity. Learn from the examples in other books or resources
on the web. From there try modifying it and see what happens. There is something that i like to call trial and error. You try something
see if it works and if doesn't, try again. If it does, see what else can you do make it better.

For me the best resoure will always be the web, so if you think that you can create cool effects with just the help of the web (like me)
then there's no need to buy the book. However if you think you need a little more help that the web can't provide (rarely), then
go ahead and buy the book. But of course, the best resource is to ask here in experts exchange ;-)

Aidan you should buy this book because
a) Sitepoint has great books
All books have great examples and are super easy to understand.

b) The code used in this book is actually useable if you want to use it.

This is worth a buy !


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