ActionScript 3.0 Game Programming University

by admin on July 14, 2009

ActionScript 3.0 Game Programming University

Gary Rosenzweig’s ActionScript 3.0 Game Programming University shows you how  to use ActionScript, the programming language behind Flash CS3 Professional. The lessons teach you all the basics of ActionScript programming through game examples, but the code can be easily adapted to non-game-oriented projects, such as web training and advertising. Written by a real-world Flash developer, this book presents you with the source code of 16 complete games and lays the foundation for y
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Henriette July 14, 2009 at 2:38 am

5.0 out of 5 stars
The Book
This book taught me not only how to build games using ActionScript 3.0 but how to build games (deal with collisions, animations….

Ryland July 14, 2009 at 4:03 am

Lets face it. There are a lot of Actionscript game books out there. This one is good because 1) It is entertaining and readable & 2) It’s the first game book I have found that works for the new actionscript 3.0.

The code itself isn’t exactly as object oriented as I would like, but thats true of all the other game books out there too. It does have enough object oriented content to show some amazingly different, and simple methods for making game characters, detecting collisions, and managing objects that are possible with actionscript 3.0. I value this book as a ‘how to upgrade’ from 2.0 to 3.0.

The games themselves are pretty good and there is a nice variety of game styles to appeal to a wide audience. For a basic game programming book, it omits or glosses over a few important topics such as caching vector objects as bitmaps, pseudo 3-D and optimization in general.

All in all, I suggest this book if you are upgrading skills to actionscript 3.0 or want to write flash games. If you get this book, I also recommend Foundation Actionscript 3.0 Animation: Making Things Move! to round out your collection.

Jengo July 14, 2009 at 4:03 am

5.0 out of 5 stars
A “must” for all but expert Flash game programmers
This isn’t the most fancily produced book on AS3 game programming, but I’m glad I wasn’t put off the cheesy-looking cover. It’s easily the best of its kind.

Othello July 14, 2009 at 5:00 am

4.0 out of 5 stars
AS3 Beginner – “I did this!” – but did I understand what I was doing?
I picked up this book because I had a project to do and I got it into my head that I was going to design a game — not knowing Flash or Actionscript 3 at all (had some rudimentary…

Laina July 14, 2009 at 5:57 am

I got interested in this book after discovering Gary Rosenzweig’s AS3 tutorials on his Flash Game University Website. I was impressed by his ability to explain things clearly and simply. As other reviews have already stated “AS3 Game Programming University” is an excellent and highly readable book for learning AS3. In practice I find it much more helpful than Colin Moock’s book “Essential ActionScript 3.0″, which is a little too academic for me (although I’m glad I have it!). I’m also finding that code snippets in Gary’s book are just as useful to me as those in Joey Lott’s “ActionScript 3.0 Cookbook” (which covers more topics). It’s helpful to me that Gary writes from a Flash authoring perspective rather than Flex. He doesn’t hesitate to include timeline based assets and code when it makes sense to do so, rather than use the Flex style of generating everything in code.

The actual games are surprisingly varied and complete, but not so complex that they become difficult to understand. The code that I downloaded from the website works well. It is written in a practical concise manner with proper use of classes and other object-oriented techniques as required by AS3. However, as other reviews have noted, this book is not for advanced programmers that prefer a pure object-oriented style.

I recommend this book if you are moving from AS2 to AS3, even if you are not interested in writing games. Gary does not claim it is suitable for beginners without any programming experience but it is more suitable than Moock’s “Essential ActionScript 3.0″ (which does make such a claim). However it is not for web designers that don’t want to learn programming and it is not for advanced programmers that appreciate Moock’s AS3 book.

Bishop July 14, 2009 at 7:19 am

5.0 out of 5 stars
Potential Textbook
If I ever have a chance to teach a games course as a computer science elective, I would very much like to use this as a textbook.

Edgardo July 14, 2009 at 8:11 am

Just got the book and discovered the website. I like the ‘horse-sense’ attitude of the author. My goal is not to write tons of perfectly formatted code, for code’s sake, but to get a job done. Even in AS2, purist coders tsk tsk the coders that take what I call ‘common-sense short cuts’, instead of writing many more lines of code in the ‘accepted practice’ way. Organization is essential, but you don’t need the blueprint for a skyscraper to build a tree-house. I am just a couple chapters into the book, and have now looked at a couple of tutes and podcasts on the web site, and am very excited. When I get a mook book or many other books, I learn, but it is work and hard study. When I am reading your book, it is like you are sitting next to me and talking my language. I can’t even really identify the difference in language or communication, but in my head it is enormous. I’m constantly saying, ‘kewl, so THAT’S how that works.’

Yasunari July 14, 2009 at 8:17 am

5.0 out of 5 stars
The Reference for Learning ActionScript 3 and Flash
After many years’ experience developing software, I decided to look into Flash to do some casual games and presentation code for the Web.

Augusta July 14, 2009 at 11:02 am

5.0 out of 5 stars
great book
This book is a fantastic resource for an ActionScript novice.
I have purchased several other ActionScript 3.

Anonymous July 14, 2009 at 12:57 pm

5.0 out of 5 stars
It’s Magic
Here’s the deal,
I am not a programmer…not even a great flash designer.
My previous knowledge of ActionScript was stop(); and gotoAndStop();
Don’t know any…

Xanadu July 14, 2009 at 2:49 pm

4.0 out of 5 stars
Good and enjoyable book
What’s so enjoyable about a programming book? Well Gary Rosenzweig has a nice style of writing.
Besides learning AS3, you will also learn how to think.

Vlad July 14, 2009 at 4:55 pm

5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent book
Before buying this book, I searched reviews for the best rated intermediate level AS3 books that address AS3 via examples of AS3 being applied to useful tasks from an…

Zeus July 14, 2009 at 7:31 pm

5.0 out of 5 stars
The book is in excellent condition and I got it before the deadline,
It was great!

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