Book Review: ActionScript Developer’s Guide to Robotlegs

So quite some time after I got this book on my hands I’ve finally taken the time to sit down and read it and let me open this post saying that I really enjoyed it. ActionScript Developer’s Guide to Robotlegs will guide You through the inner workings of the Robotlegs framework in a very straightforward and concise way, the authors Lindsey Fallow (Stray) and Joel Hooks (who also are part of the Robotlegs core team) do so by taking real-life applications and break them apart showing You how Robotlegs gets things done in the process, each chapter is full of tips equally appealing to Robotlegs newcomers and seasoned users of the framework. The book is written in such a way that has a very “Head First Series” nice feel to it taking You from the basics to more advanced features, troubleshooting, tips, good practices and power-ups in a very clear way.

What I liked the most about this book is the fact that Is really well explained, from the table of contents to the appendixes is a step by step companion as You dive deeper in the core concepts of Robotlegs such as Context, Commands, MediatorMaps and DI ( Be sure to check the Appendix B dedicated entirely on how Robotlegs handles dependency injection).

When You’re entirely new to a framework such as Robotlegs You might find yourself lost in nomenclatures and concepts previously unknown to you, well this book untangles it all for You and gently clears your way as you read along and event when you’ve used Robotlegs before is full of juicy tips and best practices that will surely help you have a better understanding on how you wire your applications using the framework.

You can get the book in digital or print format at O’Reilly in case you haven’t already done so, I definitely recommend it for anyone thinking on using the Robotlegs Framework or anyone who is already using it on a regular basis.

I like to thank Stray and Joel for taking the time to write this book and the Robotlegs team for the efforts on the framework (keep up the wonderful work guys).

Don’t forget to visit Robotlegs.org for the latest on the framework.

Happy Reading.

My copy of Essential Actionscript 3.0 by Colin Moock arrived

My copy of Essential Actionscript 3.0
This morning at my doorstep was the long awaited Amazon Box containing my copy of O’Reilly Essential Actionscript 3.0 by Colin Moock the longtime waited follow up to what is known in the Flash programing world as The Colin Moock Book, and I’m happy to say it was worth the waiting.
The book it’s equally appealing to first time actionscript users and long time actionscript veterans, Mr. Moock has such a way to make translations from a computer based language to a much more accessible and easy to understand form.

ActionScript 3.0 presents perhaps the most substantial upgrade to Flash’s programming language ever. The enhancements to ActionScript’s performance, feature set, ease of use, cleanliness, and sophistication are simply staggering. Revolutionary improvements abound. Essential ActionScript 3.0 is an update to Essential ActionScript 2.0, once again focusing on the core language and object-oriented programming with some coverage of the Flash Player API. Approximately half of the book focuses on the new features and functionality of ActionScript 3.0, while the rest focuses on changes between the 2 and 3 releases.

The Book is divided in three parts,
Part 1 Actionscript form the ground up.
Where he provides and exhaustive coverage of the core Actionscript language.
Part 2 Display and Interactivity.
Where he explores the techniques for displaying content on screen and responding to input events. ( This is for all of you interactivity lovers ).
Part 3 Applied Actionscript Topics.
In this part the book focuses on Actionscript code-production issues .

To be sincere if you are really a Flash Beginner or a seasoned user of the Flash Technology this book should really be at your desk as a trusty companion in those long coding nights. the book can be found at Amazon Click here to buyor at O’Reilly and don’t forget to visit Mr.Moock site.

Cheers and happy reading!!!.
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