asdg>> reviews

second edition industry reviews are listed below. user reviews are posted at o'reilly's site (you can add yours there if you like). first edition reviews have moved here.

Gary Grossman
:: Creator of ActionScript
* "ActionScript for Flash MX: The Definitive Guide, Second Edition (ASDG2) is unquestionably the essential book for ActionScript programming in Flash MX. It has proven invaluable even for the engineers on the Macromedia Flash team, who see it as complementary to our own product documentation. Moock's meticulous attention to detail, evident throughout this fine volume, combined with his easygoing instructional style, ensure the book will be appreciated by newcomers and experts alike."

Branden J Hall
:: Flashcoders List Founder/Admin, Author, Object Oriented Programming with ActionScript
* "As a developer, instructor, and fellow author, I can't praise ActionScript for Flash MX: The Definitive Guide, enough. This book is simply indispensable for anyone working with Macromedia Flash. Colin has an incredible mastery of ActionScript and is able to convey his knowledge in a clear, concise, and often witty manner."

Joshua Davis
:: Artist and Technologist (, Author, Flash to the Core
* "While there's a vast array of Flash books on the market (including my own!), time and time again, I recommend only one book: Colin Moock's ActionScript for Flash MX: The Definitive Guide. Whether on its own or as a companion to any other Flash book you might buy, Colin's book provides a definitive holy grail of new concepts for Flash professionals around the world, and helps us keep our syntax correct!"

Robert Penner
:: Author of Robert Penner's Programming Macromedia Flash MX
* "Like its predecessor, ASDG2 is the must-have book for ActionScript developers. Moock has delivered a comprehensive revision that not only details the myriad of new features in Flash MX, but explains the underlying shifts in methodology (especially with components and events) in a clear and accessible manner."
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Hillman Curtis
:: Founder, hillmancurtis, Inc. (, Author, Flash Web Design and MTIV: Process, Inspiration and Practice for the New Media Designer
* "I love this book. It's an approachable, yet incredibly in-depth exploration of ActionScript. If you're working with Flash MX-designer or programmer-this is a must have."

Nigel Pegg
:: Component Engineer, Macromedia (Developer of the Flash UI Components)
* "You can't talk about this book without resorting to superlatives. Moock's ASDG2 is the most essential book on Flash programming you can buy. An exhaustive and indispensable reference, it pays equal attention to standard cases, best practices, and hidden gotchas. There is no ActionScripter who can't learn more about the language through reading it."

Dave Yang
:: Dave Yang, CEO and Developer, Quantumwave Interactive Inc.
* "Colin has once again created a must-have reference for Flash developers. The in-depth coverage of Flash MX ActionScript is the most comprehensive resource and reference available. ASDG2 will once again be my reference of choice."

Amit Pitaru
:: Artist and Technologist (,, Pratt Institute & NYU ( Instructor, contributor to New Masters of Flash: The 2002 Annual
* "When the first edition of this book came out, it included information that simply did not exist anywhere else. This is twice as true for the second edition, which now deals with the ever more complex Flash MX. Once again, Moock and O'Reilly have produced the best-written, most organized, and meticulously proofed resource for Flash MX developers of all levels. Whether you are designer, programmer, or artist, this book is invaluable to your development and expression with Flash MX"

Todd Purgason
:: Todd Purgason, Creative Director and Co-founder of Juxt Interactive (, Author, Flash Deconstruction
* "This book is the 'End All' ActionScript resource by the man who quite frankly started it all."

James Patterson
:: Artist (, contributor to New Masters of Flash
* "ASDG2 is a brilliantly concise and direct resource. It is broad and thorough, leaving practically no stone in Flash unturned. It is the only Flash book that I own, and there are many times that I would have been left tearing out my hair without it. Something about the way that Colin structures information and ideas makes even the most gruesomely technical regions of Flash seem natural to me."

Josh Ulm
:: Founder, ioResearch Studios ( and The Remedi Project (
* "ActionScript for Flash MX: The Definitive Guide is the only place to go to learn how to take advantage of everything Flash MX can actually do. Macromedia doesn't even go into the detail that Colin Moock does. Whether you are taking a week to learn ActionScript or have an hour to work around a problem, ASDG2 is the only reference that will get you through it. Best of all, Moock is a wonderful writer, and he's excited! Never has a book on programming been so enjoyable to read.""

Glenn Thomas
:: Director and Founder, Smashing Ideas Inc (, Author, Flash Studio Secrets, Co-author, Flash Enabled
* "Moock's book is the one that never leaves the desktop. Whether you need answers in the middle of a tight project deadline or are looking to deepen your coding knowledge, it's the invaluable guide to the ins and outs of ActionScript."

Jared Tarbell
:: Computational Artisan, (, contributor to Flash Math Creativity and Fresh Flash
* "ActionScript for Flash MX: The Definitive Guide is quite simply the most precise, well constructed book on Flash programming in print. Colin Moock obviously has a passion for getting it right."