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BOOK: Beginning ActionScript 2.0
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Old March 26th, 2007, 08:55 PM
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I'm very interested in buying this book--it seems to have much going for it. However, I'm put off by the number of people, both here and on Amazon, who claim it's "rampant with errors." The errata section has ten errors listed, which tells me the book was not thoroughly QA'd, in which case I suspect there's really a lot more than ten.

I'd like to hear from the publishers on this. Do you think the criticisms are justified? Do you feel the errata section is truly thorough? If not, what's being done to upate it for those poor souls suffering through all the confusing errors? I can live with having to consult an errata section, but rampant undocumented code bugs will have me pulling my hair out.

Hope there's a rewarding solution to this; I've had good luck with Wrox books before.

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Hi Nick,

All Wrox titles are reviewed by a 3rd party technical editor as they are written, and no doubt some errors still found their way into this one.

Having said that, I think one of the best "features" of all Wrox titles is the active (and vocal) P2P community that helps to spot any errors after publication, and get them corrected. I think you will find the authors have been active in this forum, and have responded to questions and errors when they arise.

We feel the errata addresses all known bugs, and if and when any new ones are found, we will update both the errata and the book when a reprint is in order.

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Chris -- thanks for the prompt response. I'll take your word for it that the errors are limited and order the book today. And I'll return shortly to post my review (which I hope and anticipate will be positive).

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And, if you do find any other errors that have been missed, I hope you will post them to the errata so that we can check them and get them corrected as well.

Thanks for being a Wrox reader!

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