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Beginning ActionScript 2.0 (Wrox Beginning Guides)

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ActionScript 2.0, the scripting language for Macromedia Flash®, can be used to create complex, dynamic applications and spice up otherwise motionless web pages. Whether you are interested in developing a dynamic web application, building a personal portfolio, creating a game, or working with media, ActionScript 2.0 is useful for a wide range of tasks and this book will help you take full advantage of all that this scripting language has to offer.

As you explore the dozens of examples included inside, you'll find this book makes your learning experience a smooth process. Each example provides you with a detailed explanation of exactly what that particular code does. Whatever your background, mix of technical and artistic skills, or end goal, this book is a good starting point to get you where you want to go.

What you will learn from this book

  • A variety of simple coding conventions that will help you create projects that are easy to read and update
  • How to change the variables and content from one movie clip to another
  • Techniques for running and debugging code
  • How to use the drawing API, apply filters and blending modes, and work with the new Bitmap class
  • The intricacies of working with text and applying visual styles to text
  • Ways to integrate images, sound, video, and live camera feeds into your project

Who this book is for

This book is for readers who are interested in writing their own code using ActionScript 2.0. No prior programming experience is assumed.

Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think, providing a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.

About the Author
Nathan Derksen is a Web media architect working in IBM’s Global Services division. Nathan has more than 6 years of experience with IBM, and 9 years’ experience in the field of Web development. Mr. Derksen was the technical editor for the book Animation and Effects with Macromedia Flash MX 2004 (Jen DeHaan, Macromedia Press), and is a moderator on the Macromedia Flash forum at www.flash8forums.com. Nathan can be reached through his personal site at www.nathanderksen.com.

Jeff Berg is a patent-winning digital media designer and Flash developer. He leads the development of user interfaces for rich Internet applications. Jeff leverages a fine arts degree to approach interface design and programming with problem-solving creativity. His user-centric approach includes self-imposed standards for user experience, usability, and information design. Jeff’s visual background provides a unique position to work on projects with visual design concerns while maintaining concepts of design patterns and object-oriented programming. Jeff currently is focusing on museum and public space projects utilizing pervasive devices in handheld kiosk solutions. He lives in Chicago with his wife Kara and children Cary and Evie. Jeff maintains a web site at www.memoryprojector.com.

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