The Flash books I mention below are 7, as follows:
- 2 O'Reilly books: Actionscript for Flash MX Second edition, and ActionsScript Cookbook.
- Peachpit Press: Macromedia Flash MX Advanced
- Flash MX Savvy (Sybex)
- Flash MX Actionscript Bible (Wiley)
- MaranGraphics/Hungry Minds "Visual" series: Flash Actionscript (just noticed it uses Flash 5 Actionscripting)
- I also bought another O'reilly book, Amazon Hacks
I was in a hurry to find some immediate help on some MovieClip code I need to load a single frame from a movie into my "Placeholder Clip" that I put in my movie to hold the other swf files I am loading for each of the main sections of my site application. What I end up doing quite often is "borrowing" books from Amazon and/or Barnes and Noble, and if they turn out to be a "must have", I order them via Amazon and then return the copy (usually full price purchase) to the store. I figure that I support those stores well via coffee purchases (a usual step in the bookstore visit) and the books I end up keeping (like the WIRED: A Romance) I bought, or DreamweaverMX/FireworksMX Savvy, or Fireworks MX: From Zero to Hero, etc.
I also expect that soon I'll be set up at OSG to get some stuff via their Bookstore, and perhaps eventually get a Dev resource Budget to get useful reference and/or training books. I'm looking eagerly forward to getting my hands on the new Macromedia Training From The Source Books on Flash MX 2004 Pro and Flash MX ---one of the authors of Macromedia Flash MX 2004 ActionScript : Training from the Source, Derek Franklin, has a blog where he is planning to do some "preview" of some of that content in that book. (Right now he's working on the Macromedia/Microsoft browser change workaround made neccessary by the insane negotiations about the permissions of IE to "auto-load" embedded content (read bout that from Derek here