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Acknowledgments

Acknowledgments

The hardest part of writing a book is attempting to acknowledge all those who helped, but knowing that you’ll fail to mention everyone. Here is my attempt to acknowledge everyone.

First, the people at New Riders. You’ll find a list of the key players in the credits column on the copyright page, but even they would acknowledge that others helped them. After seeing my first book become a reality, I realized that even if I could write a perfect book on my own (which, of course I can’t), it would never get printed because so much work is involved in preparing the files for the printer. Although I can’t say I know how every publisher works, I can say that New Riders is professional, responsive, and fun. Of particular note, Kate Small and Damon Jordan made the book flow. Everything seemed to make sense when I wrote it, but after Kate and Damon reorganized parts, it made much more sense. Matthew Manuel used his Flash experience both to ensure that technical details were correct and exercises could be performed, as well as to suggest countless additional facts that were included in the text. A copy editor like John Sleeva is doubly valuable because he eliminates errors that would otherwise make the book difficult to read, and he makes me a better writer! Reviewing his edits is like a free English class. Obviously, there are many others who work behind the scenes for whom I am grateful.

Macromedia continues to amaze me with its forthcoming and approachable style. The company is totally involved in email lists and Flash community sites. The folks who seem to go way beyond the call of duty by providing help to all include Jeremy Allaire, Brad Bechtel, Damian Burns, Mike Chambers, Jeremy Clark, Henriette Cohn, John Dowdell, Ken Eckey, Allen Ellison, Gary Grossman, Erica Norton, Nigel Pegg, Peter Santangeli, Sharon Selden, Christopher Thilgen, Michael Williams, Eric J. Wittman, and Matt Wobensmith.

I subscribe to many email lists, but three in particular have been most helpful: those run by Branden Hall, Jon Warren Lentz, and Darrel Plant. There are countless instances when a thread on one of these lists has helped me.

One last acknowledgment for some authors of other Flash books. I’m proud of this book, but it contains only my style of communication. For some different perspectives on Flash, check out books containing contributions by the following authors:

Joshua Davis, Brendan Dawes, David J. Emberton, Bruce Epstein, Derek Franklin, Garo Green, Branden Hall, Andreas Heim, Jon Warren Lentz, Kim Markegard, Colin Moock, Robert Penner, Darrel Plant, Robert Reinhardt, Crissy Rey, Gary Rosenzweig, Nik Schramm, Glenn Thomas, Phillip Torrone, Bill Turner, and Samuel Wan.

I can’t vouch for books I haven’t reviewed, but I can say these folks know their stuff. They’ve also provided direct help on various Flash-related matters to myself and others for years.

Phillip Kerman

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