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Adobe Flash CS4 Professional How-Tos: 100 Essential Techniques by Mark Schaeffer

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Chapter ElevenUsing Basic ActionScript

Using Flash can be like visiting a restaurant in a foreign country. To request one of the restaurant’s standard meals, you can point to what you want on the menu. But to get something prepared a special way, you have to talk to the waiter—and to do that, you have to speak the waiter’s language.

The language that Flash understands is ActionScript. If you can “speak” in ActionScript, you can get Flash to do almost anything you want.

Like any other language, ActionScript requires serious study and practice. You can’t learn it from a chapter in a book—especially a book like this, which is focused on tasks rather than fundamental principles. All that can be provided here is a taste of how ActionScript ...

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