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Preface

Preface

Welcome to ActionScript 2.0 Garage. The goal of this book is to make learning ActionScript more fun. A lot more fun. Okay, it's not a big dream, but it's my dream.

I'm not kidding. The goal of this book is to show beginning to intermediate ActionScript programmers how to take their skills to the next level and blast out some amazing code. The code samples in here are actual working chunks of code, not just-for-computer-books-but-no-one-would-EVER-use-this-in-the-real-world stuff.

That, and I attempted to have something of a (gasp) personality (shriek) while talking about code. I'm aiming for “helpful smart-alec” (or “chaotic good” if you're old-school).

Who This Book Is For

This book is for beginning to intermediate ActionScript programmers who want a quick, friendly way to get deeper into ActionScript code. If you don't know what trace() is, put this book down right now before you hurt somebody. I'm not kidding. Right now!

Who This Book Isn't For

Junkies. Heiresses. Shepherds. I make fun of George Lucas a few times, and maybe Orlando Bloom too—I can't remember for sure. (He was great in Troy, you know. He did a wonderful job in the role of Helen.)

What's in the Book

This book has everything from arrays to objects to how to manipulate components: Component skins. Styles. Functions. Best practices. Lots and lots of code and working examples. You can download everything from www.wire-man.com/garage.

What's Not in the Book

Data components don't really involve ActionScript, so I left them out. I don't cover advanced object-oriented anything or how to use the animation bits of the Flash program.

About the Attitude

You may notice this tome's tone is a little rougher than other computer books you've read. That's because we want this book to make learning fun, so we decided to spice it up a bit. If you go through the book and don't learn a thing about ActionScript, I hope you're at least a little entertained. (Update: I just got word that my editor has toned down the profanity and numerous pornography references, so perhaps it's a tad less entertaining now.)

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