Introduction to ActionScript 3.0

Before you begin working through the lessons, it is worth taking a little time to understand the history of ActionScript and address a few topics that may clarify for you how Adobe ActionScript 3.0 works with Adobe Flash and the Flash platform.

A brief history of Flash and ActionScript

Flash and ActionScript have evolved together since Flash was originally released in 1996. Today, the combination of the design and animation tools in Flash CS5 and the advanced interactive capabilities of ActionScript 3.0 offers one of the most powerful, most versatile, and certainly most popular development environments available, but the origins of ActionScript as part of Flash were fairly humble.

In the first three versions ...

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