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April 24, 2009

the lost actionscript 3.0 weekend

i finally decided to break the print tradition and make an actionscript
training dvd with o'reilly. but it's not your average training video. we
wanted to capture the energy of a programming session with a group of
fun and passionate friends. so james paterson, hoss gifford, and i
locked ourselves away in a cabin by the ocean for a three-day weekend to
shoot an eleven-hour crash course on object-oriented programming. you
can take a look at the results here...

>> trailer 1
>> trailer 2 (hoss profile)
>> trailer 3 (james profile)

free course content:
>> course 1 introduction
>> object references and garbage collection
>> inheritance
>> graphics programming with flash player engineer jim corbett
>> flash/flex workflow

the physical dvd will be available very soon, and you can already watch the
entire two-part course online.

>> watch at safari
>> watch at o'reilly

this is a brand-new format for an actionscript training video, so we'd
love to hear what you think. does it work for you as a way to learn? is
it more engaging than the standard "screencast" training style? (we sure
hope so!) post a comment or send me an email ( to tell me what you think. or you can post a public comment about the video on insideria.

if you are planning on purchasing the video, you should do so through this link:

it gives you a 20-40% discount, depending on what you order. if you're linking to the video, please use that link so everyone can get the discount (o'reilly's main catalog page has the expensive version...)

Posted by moock at April 24, 2009 04:04 PM

I just ordered both discs! I am Very much looking forward to trying your style of learning in addition to reading your book & Rich Shupe's book. THANK YOU sir!

Posted by: Justin at April 28, 2009 09:18 PM


This looks like it was a ton of fun to shoot - which makes the learning that much more enjoyable and easier to retain. I think video is a great medium to educate with. Plus the three of you interact with each other so naturally that it's a pleasure to watch.

I'm sure there are tons of good nuggets of info and insights throughout the video (just like your books).

Looking forward to grabbing a copy once it's released.

Good luck with it and thanks for putting this together.


Posted by: Todd Pasternack at April 27, 2009 05:31 PM

Wow, this looks great. Probably the best shot training video I've seen. I'll have to start saving up for it.

Posted by: Lawrie at April 27, 2009 10:27 AM

Due to the he price is a pretty high I will think twice about buying it but the idea and the product look great.

Posted by: Martin at April 27, 2009 06:05 AM

I like the format - I think it will be a win!

Posted by: johans at April 27, 2009 12:07 AM

This is excellent. It's very much more engaging than simply having a single presenter talking at the camera.

Posted by: Adrian at April 26, 2009 11:41 PM

Hi Colin,
i read all your books and ... im sad about your decision.
can you imagine to read the "holy book" - the bible - on a DVD ?
Of Course ... Video-training is a very powerful tool.
Video2Brain or ... I dont know how to explain ...
i have to DVD's once about FLEX the other about AIR ... the FLEX DVD ... isnt readable on my mac any more (cause of the scratches)... but your books are standing behind my back day for day ... okay, some of them realy doesnt look fine any more ... but ... i can still work with them.
Books are irreplaceable.
Think about it ;)


Posted by: Sebastian Felix Schwarz at April 26, 2009 11:26 AM

Now that I've seen all the free chapters I have to buy the DVD or upgrade my Safari account. I like the laid-back style you have there, and even though I hoped for a little bit more participation from Hoss and James, it is cool that they are the students togheter with the viewers.

Posted by: Thomas Gabrielsen at April 26, 2009 06:24 AM

A beautiful idea, Colin! Am looking forward to watch it.

Posted by: marc at April 25, 2009 04:47 PM

Looks great--congrats. Though, you realize I hope that I'm going to HAVE to make a parody of it!

Posted by: Phillip Kerman at April 25, 2009 09:23 AM

I've got a good feeling about this!

Posted by: Rogier at April 25, 2009 03:46 AM

It's a great format I think. It captures some of the spirit from the were-here days. Makes it more accessible and human. Programming can get lonely... feel so dead and dreary and it helps to see your enthusiasm and get the fact that people can be social with it too. That's why I love stuff like github, and hope to see a lot more AS3 stuff on there.

Posted by: B.E. at April 24, 2009 08:55 PM

Very well done, this will be an obvious recommend for anyone who is new to Actionscript.

The guest appearances are also a great addition.


Posted by: Loyal Moses at April 24, 2009 07:42 PM

a great mix of 3 different but equally engaging personalities

a great way to put the fun back into learning

Posted by: simonconlin at April 24, 2009 07:27 PM

I like the format. One thing that would be nice is a full screen button for the player.

Posted by: Jvc at April 24, 2009 06:50 PM


I love the format.

Its more engaging and your personalities come across.

The information transfers much easier because it is a departure from the information model.

I'm sure this will be very well received.

Thank you!


Posted by: Justin at April 24, 2009 05:34 PM