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  1. I have the same edition. Some of the end chapters are different and do seem out of place with the rest of the book. I read the book when I had no understanding of OOP and was struggling to understand it all. There was no book available from Larry Ullman on the subject at the time. You were still planning the PHP5 Advanced book at the time. And hopefully the next edition will be your best yet! really looking forward to that one actually.
  2. There are so many options to code games these days but C++ is the industry standard for all AAA game titles. C# with XNA can be used to make games for the desktop, windows phone 7 and the Xbox. However, you won't be able to make games using XNA for Windows 8 Metro. Java was used to create the popular game Minecraft. You can use Flash/ActionScript as well as HTML/JavaScript to create games primarily for the browser and mobile devices. If you want to make small network multiplayer games then C# or Java would probably be your best choice. Personally I am learning C# at the moment. There are a lot of great books on Flash game development that teach the core concepts of Game Programming. Not many updated books on C# that I have found. Games Programming is definitely more fun than Web Programming, IMO
  3. The best book I have read on the subject of OOP is The Object Oriented Thought Process by Matt Weisfeld. It's more of a concept book than a code book. For PHP related OOP I would definitely buy a copy of PHP in Action by Dagfinn Reiersøl.
  4. I'm not a big fan of drinking hot coffee but I used to drink Nescafe, you certainly won't see me in a Cafe shop paying $$$. In Australia Iced Coffee is a big thing, you get it in cartons it's nothing like the Cafe iced coffee that comes with ice cubes/ice cream. Sadly I moved interstate 10+ years ago and they don't ship my favourite brand here I like to "give up" every now and then, always feel better afterwards but... the taste is good! Technically I'm drinking "Mocha" Iced Coffee these days to help get off Coffee and stay off it. Coffee thick shakes are good too!
  5. No worries mate, glad I could help! For Flex AIR development I suggest grabbing a copy of Adobe AIR: Create - Modify - Reuse, I only use it for code examples and seeing how things could be done in the real world. It's a little old covering Flex 3 but it shouldn't be a big deal. Not a huge fan of Wrox books but this one is very practical when it comes to Flex AIR applications (aren't too many books on it either). Larry's AIR book covers HTML/CSS + JavaScript which is rather different.
  6. Did you define the sleep function for the base class like on page 259? Paste what you have.
  7. Hey Necuima, You were close but a few ActionScript issues, the main thing was that you can't instantiate classes or add event listeners outside of a function. You should always have an init function. Try the following: It works on Flex 4.6 and AIR 3.1 using FlashDevelop (version 4 is awesome). <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <s:WindowedApplication xmlns:fx="http://ns.adobe.com/mxml/2009" xmlns:s="library://ns.adobe.com/flex/spark" xmlns:mx="library://ns.adobe.com/flex/mx" applicationComplete="init();"> <fx:Script> <![CDATA[ import flash.filesystem.File; public var file:File; public function init():void { file = new File(); file.addEventListener(Event.SELECT, dirSelected); file.browseForDirectory("Select a Directory"); } public function dirSelected(e:Event):void { trace(file.nativePath); } ]]> </fx:Script> </s:WindowedApplication>
  8. Try google: http://books.google.com.au/books/about/Modern_JavaScript.html?id=oJ_biogDzkEC Scroll down to the contents section, not sure how many pages are available but it's a start
  9. Of course, each to their own. I tend to read tech books away from the computer then come back to it later to do the examples. Have you written to Peachpit about the ebooks? Probably best to do that, who knows, they may actually listen.
  10. Printed books are always the best for technical books I feel. I always forget which ebooks I have. Peachpit have crazy ebook prices as well, they maybe living in the past in that sense sadly. I'll be getting my copy through Ullman Publications, whenever they get their store up and running Out of interest, Have ebook sales been increasing over the past couple of years Larry? I like buying the ebook+print combo from publishers when they are fair about it.
  11. I didn't think there would be many alternative uses for PHP outside of the browser, I've read about most of them (I think) and it always seems to require a lot more effort than could otherwise be used. I haven't kept up to date on recent PHP advancements so I was wondering if there was something else out there. Thank you for the TV app suggestion Larry, I did not think about that at all. It appears Samsung and Adobe have been working together using Adobe AIR, still early days for all of that. A bit too early for me (Australia tends to be behind the curve a bit) but something to keep an eye on. The same day I post this topic an advertisement goes up for a PHP Developer in the finance sector and they use Adobe Flex
  12. After many years of Website Development I've grown to, not like it as much as I used to. I love programming though. Client work, along with recent technological developments have made me realise that I just don't have the enthusiasm for it I once did. So rather than being a negative "old man" telling kids to get off my lawn, I'm moving on. Primarily I'm a PHP web developer with a focus on Content Management Systems. It's been my focus since 2005. I know PHP can be used to develop more specific Web applications but of course that's still in the browser. I'd like to move away from the browser window if I can. Does anyone work with PHP for things other than Websites? or even Web applications? If I can't salvage my PHP knowledge I'm happy to let go and learn a new language such as Java, I already know ActionScript but career prospects and work is low for that where I am, unless it's a flash banner. Anyone else considered a life of programming outside of the website development world?
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