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Lingo in a Nutshell was released in November 1998. The ISBN#
for Lingo in a Nutshell is 1-56592-493-2.
Director in a Nutshell was released on March 29, 1999. It may take a few weeks to make its way into your local retail channel. The ISBN# for Director in a Nutshell is1-56592-382-0.
Both books should be available in all major bookstores, including on-line bookstores and directly from O'Reilly & Associates. Refer to the Ordering Page for complete details on obtaining the book from a variety of sources.
The books are currenly available in English only. For information about O'Reilly's international distributors or translation queries write to email@example.com.
Lingo in a Nutshell and Director in a Nutshell
each have a suggested retail price of $24.95 US. This is an unprecedented
price for a Director book, but don't be fooled--these books contain many
times the information found in other Director books.
Each of the two books is approximately 600 pages. The form factor of the books is the same as for other, "In a Nutshell" books, namely compact and comfortable and appropriate for your desktop, not just your bookshelf.
The books are paperbacks. If you'd like to see a hard cover version, click here.
These books are priced at $24.95 US like other books in the "In a Nutshell" series, but the books are more like O'Reilly's higher priced "Definitive Guides" series. These books are helf the price of other Director books but contain at least twice the information (they are truly packed to the gills with great technical details).
The books were supposed to be about 300 pages each, so you are getting twice the page count that O'Reilly had anticipated. If I had known in advance how much I would have to say about Director, you'd probably be paying twice the price for it. O'Reilly held the line on price because they made the commitment to sell them at that price and they always keep their word.
We would really like to sell a lot of them to justify the price point, so tell your friends. If we sell a lot we can keep the price down, do revisions, do more Director-related books, etc.
Please reward O'Reilly by checking out their full line of books at http://www.oreilly.com, including their new books aimed at the multimedia and graphics market, such as Photoshop in a Nutshell.
Director in a Nutshell is completely updated for D7. Lingo in a Nutshell was released prior to D7 and covers up through Director 6.5, but the vast majority of the material also applies to Director 7. Many of the "new" features in D7 appeared first in D6.5, and I cover those in great detail in both books. Director in a Nutshell also covers a lot of Lingo, including most of the new Lingo in D7. See here for more details on D7 coverage.
A D7 update to Lingo in a Nutshell may take some time. However,
I will provide substantial on-line updates to the book to address D7-related
issues. When a D7 version of Lingo in a Nutshell comes out,
O'Reilly has a book
If you want me to write a separate book covering just the new features in D7, please let me know.
The new "dot syntax" s just a shorthand notation. It has no effect on the final compiled Lingo code. It allows you to rewrite this:
set the member of sprite 5 = member "newThang"
sprite(5).member = member "newThang"
For beginners, dot syntax is probably more confusing. For skilled programmers, or those coming from other languages, it can be much less verbose than traditional syntax.
The Director 6 syntax continues to be valid in D7, and operates at the same speed as the newer dot syntax. To maintain backward compatability, I probably won't change any of the examples in the Lingo book. Likewise, if a table lists various properties, they can be accessed using either the dot syntax or traditional syntax.
Dot syntax has a number of quirks and caveats, especially when accessing lists. I will post a detailed technote on the new dot syntax once the dust settles around the time D7 ships.
Click here for a detailed response.
The books do not include a CD, but the example code will be available
from my the Nutshell download page. If you are
interested in a future version of the book with a CD, send
me an e-mail and I'll pass word onto O'Reilly.
O'Reilly has an special deals for instructors, reviewers, and User Groups. Click here for details.
If you are a reviewer and you want to get in touch with Macromedia PR, write to Jane Chuey of Macromedia or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lingo in a Nutshell focuses on programming, and as such, none of its screen shots would really be much interest for a review. You can obtain a GIF of the book's cover from http://www.zeusprod.com/images/macaw.gif. You can obtain cover art in a higher resolution from Lisa Mann.
See the ShockZone shocked site of the day, and Shockrave for examples of how people have used Director to create Shockwave animations.
Please help us to improve future editions of both Lingo in a Nutshell
and Director in a Nutshell by reporting any errors, inaccuracies,
bugs, misleading or confusing statements, and typographical errors to email@example.com. See
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Avery Denison puts out a highlighter called "Hi-Liter GlideStik." It's wax-based, and sits on top of the page instead of soaking through. No bleedthrough! This product, or something similar to it, should be available at your local office supply store. Read O'Reilly's full answer.
The books are currently available in English only. Refer to O'Reilly's site to obtain
a version in a form appropriate for someone who is blind.
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