ActionScripting in Flash by Phillip Kerman

By Phillip Kerman

Construction a linear animation or reasonably interactive Flash motion picture is comparatively basic. With the improve from Flash four to Flash five, ActionScripting has develop into an excellent extra an important and robust a part of the product. Tapping the big programming features of Flash, even if, calls for greater than brute programming skill--it calls for a willing realizing of the way to use scripting to precise initiatives. This booklet concentrates on sensible purposes for Flash programming. The booklet is based into 3 components: beginning wisdom (general programming concept utilized to Flash with brief projects to illustrate particular concepts); utilized workshop (more concerned projects damaged into 3 elements each--design dialogue, the development steps, and research with feedback of variation); and, Reference (which presents a concise directory of a few of the extra worthwhile parts in ActionScript).

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For any programming task, you can do it the hard way or you can do it the easy way. This chapter will help you find the easy way. I don’t want to suggest that there are always shortcuts that make anything easy. Only that avoiding overly complex solutions can save you a lot of grief. This chapter explains conventional programming philosophies to help you • Write specifications • Prototype your creations quickly for initial review • Develop good style • Keep code and data separate Specification It might sound cavalier, but after you finish a detailed specification, 95% of your work is through.

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11 03 0789 CH01 3/20/01 12 4:02 PM Part I Page 12 Foundation It’s a subjective decision as to which references are better: absolute or relative. But, generally, relative references are desirable because you aren’t restricted in changing the hierarchy. Imagine that you wanted to move your “Flash 5” folder to a different hard drive? All of a sudden, the absolute target C:\Program Files\ Macromedia\Flash 5 won’t work. However, if you’re using a relative target, such as Macromedia\Flash 5 (which is really go inside the folder “Macromedia”— adjacent to where I am—and then go into the folder “Flash 5”), it isn’t tied to any particular drive or folder.

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