By Colin Moock
Updated to hide Flash MX, the most recent model of Macromedia Flash, ActionScript for Flash MX: The Definitive Guide, moment variation is the only publication no severe Flash developer can be without.ActionScript is Macromedia’s programming language for Flash MX, the preferred authoring instrument for developing wealthy web functions and animations for the internet. With Macromedia’s new specialize in software improvement, ActionScript now contains a direct drawing API, loading of exterior MP3 and JPG documents, more advantageous sound regulate, an in depth set of textual content formatting instruments, entire help for part improvement utilizing motion picture clip subclasses, neighborhood info garage, accessibility positive aspects, and masses extra. And ActionScript for Flash MX: The Definitive Guide is the main whole, updated reference on hand for the most recent model of this language.Author Colin Moock, probably the most universally revered builders within the Flash group, has further enormous quantities of recent code examples to teach new Flash MX strategies within the actual international: how you can draw circles, shop information to disk, convert arrays to onscreen tables, create reusable parts, and preload variables, XML, and sounds. The book’s language reference by myself has approximately doubled from the 1st variation, with greater than 250 new periods, items, tools, and houses. You’ll locate exhaustive insurance of dozens of undocumented, under-documented, and mis-documented features.Along with the recent fabric, Colin Moock has meticulously revised the complete textual content to comply to Flash MX best-coding practices. specifically, objected-oriented programming and the recent occasion version get particular cognizance in gentle of adjustments to Flash MX ActionScript. From sending facts among video clips to making getter/setter houses, the hot variation of this booklet demystifies the often-confusing new positive aspects of Flash MX, giving builders easy accessibility to its strong new capabilities.ActionScript for Flash MX: The Definitive Guide is established so non-programmers can the way to use ActionScript and programmers can take their abilities to new heights. when you are available in the market to truly know about the hows and whys of ActionScript, then this is often the ebook for you.
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To declare a new variable, we use the var statement. For example: var speed; var bookTitle; var x; The word var tells the interpreter that we're declaring a variable, and the moniker that follows, such as speed, bookTitle, or x, becomes our new variable's name. We can create variables anywhere we can attach code: on a keyframe, a button, or a movie clip. If you enter code in the Actions panel while on a frame that is not a keyframe, the code is attached to the nearest preceding keyframe. We can also declare several variables with one var statement, like this: var x, y, z; Part I: ActionScript Fundamentals 51 52 Part I: ActionScript Fundamentals However, doing so impairs our ability to add comments next to each variable.
1 Flash Programs To most computer users, a program is synonymous with an application, such as Adobe Photoshop or Macromedia Dreamweaver MX. Obviously, that's not what we're building when we program in Flash. Programmers, on the other hand, define a program as a collection of code (a series of statements), but that's only part of what we're building. A Flash movie is more than a series of lines of code. Code in Flash is intermingled with Flash movie elements, such as frames, movie clips, graphics, and buttons.
This convenience comes at a cost, though. If we don't declare our variables ourselves, we have no central inventory to consult when examining our code. , automatically). , explicit declaration), as practiced throughout this book. ) These are legal variable names: var first_name; var counter; var reallyLongVariableName; These are illegal variable names that cause errors: var 1first_name; var variable name with spaces; var another-illegal-name; // Starts with a number // Contains spaces // Contains a hyphen As a matter of good form, you should append suffixes to your variable names to indicate the type of information stored in the variable.