I just want people to know, that unless you already program (especially in AS2) AND know some simple flash, this book is not for you.
It does not go over programing. It assumes you know all of the syntax, and all regular programing functions.
If you do not know any programming languages, move away from this book.
I know php, but I would still not recommend it at all. It never goes over why you do what you do. It uses OOP for everything, but never has you actually make anything with multiple classes (other than the simple var ball:Ball = new Ball() ). It has you put :void at the end of functions without telling you that if a function is not returning a value, you need this.
Granted im only several hundred pages in, but I have read every word so far.
On the other hand, if you are coming from AS2, get this book.
MY favorite book that got me up and running in the least amount of time is “Foundation actionscript animation: making things move!” After reading chapter 2, I knew enough to start.