Comments: good, concise intro to flash programming

I don't have that book. I don't see any need to have both that and asdg2. Having said that, I may pick it up in future if I see the need. I'm sure it is of excellent quality being written by you Colin :).

Also, will you be updating asdg for flash 7 when it comes out?

Posted by njs12345 at July 30, 2003 02:04 PM

i think the one-clip-per-depth issue is covered in several places, but you're right, it's probably worth mentioning every time the depth parameter is listed. here's at least one place you can find it: p344, under "Assigning depths to instances in the programmatically generated content stack".

"Although multiple clips can occupy a single author-time timeline layer, all depth positions are single-occupant dwellings. Only one clip can occupy a depth position at a time--placing a clip into an occupied position displaces (and deletes) the layer's previous occupant"


Posted by colin at July 30, 2003 10:29 AM

I'm a long time JavaScripter and the Pocket Reference is doing me pretty nicely. (However, unless I'm wrong, neither the reference nor the ASDG seems to make very prominent mention of one very important fact: that if you create a new movie clip at the same numeric depth as a previous one, the previous one will vanish into thin air. Seems obvious now, and maybe my brain is just indexed poorly, but every place I checked in both books made no mention of this.)

Posted by misuba at July 29, 2003 06:35 PM

Sounds great! Didn't see it in the bookshops in Holland yet, though. Hope it will arrive soon..!

Posted by yacco at July 28, 2003 03:35 PM

I agree with wanting to see a version that is strictly a language reference (with examples).

That being said, the pocket reference is a great physical format (in the pocket as subway reading). I would love to see a press put out books in this size that focus on one aspect of AS -- where the book is small and focused. Perhaps each book could walk through the construction of one application. (The "cookbook" idea but with one or a few related recipes.)

Posted by clay at July 27, 2003 12:55 PM

i'd love to see the actual ASDG split into 3 discrete books - beeing sold in a nice box all 3 together. you know, like the star wars trilogy or the lord of the rings box set.
everybody loves asdg2. but it's so big, you just can't take it with you and read it in the subway or on the bus.
hey, nowadays everything is getting more and more portable while asdg is getting more and more like those beautiful mega bibles from the dark ages ;-)


Posted by jan at July 27, 2003 12:47 PM

great ideas. i too generally prefer code examples to abstract descriptions (case in point: the *nix man pages, where i always want more examples than they offer). we'll definitely take these suggestions to heart next time.

Posted by colin at July 26, 2003 12:45 PM

I've got the pocket reference. It's very good.. and I use it as a handy and comfortable replacement for the Flash IDE reference.

I would prefer it to have more examples... I generally prefer to see a 2/3 line coded example of how a function/object works, rather than read a textual explanation.

I'd love to see an 'advanced' version of this pocket reference that leaves out the first half, but has a much beefier language reference section.

Posted by bruce at July 26, 2003 10:01 AM