Foundation ActionScript

by Sham Bhangal (Author)

[Book Cover] Foundation ActionScript

Flash 5 is now the standard for dynamic multimedia on the web and the ActionScript language it incorporates has changed from just an interesting feature into a required Flash competence. The improvements in Flash 5 have made ActionScript a more accessible tool for designers, offering drop-down lists of ready-made actions, the standards JavaScript dot notation to make commands easier to learn, new ways to implement sound and increased support for testing and debugging. With ActionScript interactivity, web design has moved suddenly to another level.

friends of ED aims to introduce you to the power of ActionScript from the perspective that you know best - design. Coding isn't rocket science but to some designers it can appear daunting. So we'll get you fully comfortable with the basic ideas of programming and how they related to design before we move on swiftly to a practical demonstration of how ActionScript is built in to a real web project. Some of the key topics included in this book:

  • An introduction to programming concepts
  • Planning a large ActionScript project
  • The new Flash 5 dot notation syntax
  • Dynamic animation for interactive games
  • Implementing new Flash 5 sound commands

And to round off, you'll get a taste of advanced scripting ideas and techniques and a gently neck-stretching view forward to the higher-level interactive designs achievable with real object-oriented code. Challenging, but truly exhilarating when you happen to look down and see that you're really flying.

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