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"There are those books that you collect and rarely reference and then there are those that you use all the time and keep close to you. This book will be one of the latter. If becoming a better Flash developer is your goal then get this book!
"--David Gault, AK ColdFusion User Group Newsletter. May 14, 2002

"the most complete and thorough text for beginners and pro alike."--Mark Christiansen, DV, May 2002

"Few Flash books are really worth owning. Most are either poorly written, have old code, or are ego strokes for their contributors. Some are all of the above. Colin Moock's ActionScript guide however is how the Macromedia Flash manual should have been written. His clear style helps ActionScript make sense, especially for those who don't come from a programming background. The only Flash book worth owning."
--http://www.whatdoiknow.org/

"In 'ActionScript: The Definitive Guide,' Moock has created a resource that will last you from your first day at ActionScripting through until you're a guru, wracking up the profits and living the high-life. The sheer volume of information in the book is astounding, but it's not just a technical reference; it's well taught and conveniently structured. Rating 10/10."
--Jesse Stratford, Actioscripts.org

"'Actionscript: The Definitive Guide' by Colin Moock was one of the best, if not best, instructional books that I have read on the Flash programming language, Actionscript. Moock uses very clear and comprehensive examples and goes into a great amount of detail in each lesson. I thoroughly enjoyed the interactive quiz example and breakdown, as well as the Actionscript reference at the end. Moock does an excellent job of using terminology that we can all understand...and you never get the feeling that he is talking 'down' to you. All in all, this was a very good book to read with a great deal of knowledge learned as a result. I look forward to more of Moock's titles in the future!"
--San Antonio Macromedia & ColdFusion UG, April 2002

"I've been mining O'Reilly's 'ActionScript: the Definitive Guide,' by Colin Moock, for a while now; it's a great book."
--Michael Hurwicz, Internet Eye, Jan 2002

"An outstanding book written by Colin Moock that explains Flash programming using ActionScript. A great resource."
--www.kirupa.com

"At Last, The Real Deal. Ever since Macromedia first tantalized us with Flash's vastly improved script capabilities in version 4, we have been waiting for the first decent book that really taught us, meaning Flash-using designers, how to get a handle on this thing called programming. Now, the very first book that does exactly that, and more, is here...whatever your level of interest in Flash is the one book you should keep with you constantly. Mine has a permanent place in the backpack I carry every day. When I am reading other Flash books I have this one open beside it, so I can look up and understand the concepts other authors tend to assume you already know as well as they do."
--Karl-Peter Gottschalk's weblog on art, advertising, culture and the other good stuff, Feb 2002

"This is the book for everybody who really wants to understand ActionScript. It documents all aspects of ActionScript you ever might want to know and really lets you understand what you are doing with your code."
--Waldo Smeets, Ultra DevZone, March 2002

"If this review seems a bit one-sided, then that's only because I have had real difficulty finding something I didn't enjoy. Trust me--I tried...So, to get down to the question of 'Do I buy it or blow my cash on some toys?' I'd say this is a definite keeper. It follows the high standard set by O'Reilly books in general and Colin Moock's conversational tone and sheer depth of knowledge make it undoubtedly worth the asking price...If you are in the market to learn, to really learn about the hows and whys of ActionScript, then this is the book you have been waiting for."
--Jackie McGhee, eDevCafe

"This is a very well written book that is easy to understand and covers everything you need to know...I highly recommend this book for anyone seriously interested in learning Flash design. Even a beginner, with no programming experience, can learn to program using this book."
--Linda Roeder, Personal Web Pages, About.com

"There couldn't be a better marriage than that of Moock and O'Reilly. Seriously, this 696 page guide is exactly what it professes to be: 'The Definitive Guide' of ActionScript. And no wonder, really, since Colin Moock has been the definitive envangelist for everything flash. His passion for the subject and dedication to the Flash community is matched only by O'Reilly's commitment to getting this book just right. Moock has painstakingly assembled every tidbit of Macromedia's scriptng language into a pleasant and cohesive tome for Flash developers of all skill levels. Beginning to intermediate Flash developers who have barely touched ActionScripts will find this book to be the best roadmap to the dynamic half of the swf file format...Even the seasoned programmer will glean plenty from advanced topics like 'Bitwise Programming' or 'Array Manipulation.' There's even an appendix on the differences from ECMA-262 and JavaScript (especially handy for JavaScript programmers). If you plan on making Flash a mainstay in your multimedia projects, you'd better get serious about the possibilities within ActionScript. This guide will help you get serious and keep you on track every step of the way."
--Tom Emens, ccflash.org, March 2002

"ActionScript is an important tool to master, and ActionScript: The Definitive Guide is a fine means to that end."
--Stephen W. Plain, amazon.com


?Excellent edition for the Flash Programmer or anyone
interested in becoming one. Chapter one is redundant for any experienced programmer, but is a good way to catch up for those who aren't. This is an essential piece for any Flash library!!!?
--Mike London, Change Management, Nov 2001

Best of 2001: Customers' Picks, amazon.com


"If you want a detailed ActionScript language reference, this O'Reilly title is, in my opinion, the best. The claim to 'definitive reference' is well deserved. If you want Flash 5 for no more than driving to church on Sundays, this is not the vehicle for you; if you need technical depth, want to know what's under the bonnet, or even aspire driving Formula One; this is an essential reference." --Major Kearney, PC Update August 2001

"Colin Moock has been creating Flash stuff for years. You'd be hard pushed to find a more universally respected designer in the Flash community and this book of his has been much anticipated. From the outset, the tone of the book sets it apart. So, to get down to the question of "Do I buy it or blow my cash on some toys?" I'd say this is a definite keeper. It follows the high standard set by O'Reilly books in general and Colin Moock's conversational tone and sheer depth of knowledge make it undoubtedly worth the asking price. If you are in the market to learn, to really learn about the hows and whys of ActionScript, then this is the book you have been waiting for." --Jackie McGhee, eDevCafe, August 2001

"ActionScript is an important tool to master, and ActionScript: The Definitive Guide is a fine means to that end." --Stephen W. Plain, amazon.com, July 2001

"The arrival of ActionScript in O'Reilly's excellent Definitive Guide series shows the increasing importance of Flash scripting. Suitable for any Flash developer, this book is both a tutorial and a reference, and comes from an author who is already well known in the Flash community. Combining in-depth Flash expertise with precise and detailed reference material, this is an outstanding ActionScript title" --Tim Anderson, amazon.co.uk, June 2001

"Colin Moock has written an excellent reference on ActionScript called ActionScript: The Definitive Guide. It will help you take the training wheels off and really fly with Flash." --Sterling Ledet; Adobe, Macromedia, Quark and Apple Training Newsletter, May 21, 2001

"Written by widely-recognized web developer Colin Moock (http://www.moock.org) and edited by Bruce Epstein (author of Director in a Nutshell and Lingo in a Nutshell), the book lives up to the hype. Rating: 9/10...For anyone working with Flash who is interested in taking off the training wheels and developing in "expert mode", this book is a must-have." --Brian Donovan, slashdot.com, May 2001

"The best ActionScript book I have ever seen. You would be hard pressed to find more information on ActionScript anywhere else." --Savik Lozben, Principal Engineer, Flash 5

"Colin Moock is a giant in the Flash scripting arena--one of the few people qualified to write such a complete, authoritative reference guide to the Macromedia Flash scripting language. He has incredible insight into the inner-workings of ActionScript from a practical point of view, having worked with us to help shape and refine ActionScript." --Jeremy Clark, MacroMedia Flash Product Manager

"ActionScript: The Definitive Guide is the complete reference guide, for beginners through to advanced users, always keep it by your side." --Troy Evans, Flash Player Product Manager