When I got a call from ActionScript legend, Colin Moock, to ask me if I wanted to head off to Inverness for a long weekend to make a training video for O’Reilly, the thought of bitterly cold winds and lashings of horizontal rain typical of October in the the Scottish Highlands’ capital tempered my eagerness to accept. But when further clarification moved the location across the Atlantic to Northern California I was quick to accept.

We spent four days in the most incredible setting,
with long stints of very focussed filming punctured
with more than a little mucking about.

The plan was simple—I was going to spend a few days in the countryside near Point Reyes, where O’Reilly had rented a big lodge by the Pacific Ocean, with Colin and the ever talented James Patterson. Colin had just spent a year travelling the world teaching an ActionScript 3 workshop based off the work in his seminal book, Essential ActionScript 3.0, and when O’Reilly approached him to film one of the workshops to create a training video, Colin suggested taking it out of the classroom and into a more convivial setting.

We spent four days in the most incredible setting, with long stints of very focussed filming punctured with more than a little mucking about. O’Reilly pulled together a brilliant team of passionate professionals to make up the film crew, and we even got a visit from the O’Reilly mothership accompanied by boxes of barbecue oysters. Delicious! Check out my photos of the trip on Flickr.

We’d film from early in the morning until we started to loose the light, and then in the evenings we’d have fireside show ‘n’ tells with industry luminaries including Flash Player engineer, Jim Corbett who was responsible for the new display list, and Chris Nuuja, lead developer of Flash Player’s 3D effects API.

The end result is a training session
spanning two DVDs that is a super relaxed way
to learn Object-Oriented Programming

The end result is a training session spanning two DVDs that is a super relaxed way to learn Object-Oriented Programming. It’s ideally suited for anyone that is still working in ActionScript 1 or 2, or works a lot on the timeline, but wants to step their game up and learn the right way to build Flash projects.

I’ve had some great feedback from people who would previously have described themselves as Flash Designers, relying on a developer to do the heavy lifting on their projects, and the Lost ActionScript Weekend was all they needed to widen the scope of their ability to take on the programming too.

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Forget classrooms, forget intimidation, get inspired and get lost in ActionScript 3.