Chapter Ten. Using Basic ActionScript

Using Flash can be like visiting a restaurant in a foreign country. To request a standard meal, 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 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: Reading a task-based book like this isn’t enough. This chapter presents just a taste of how ActionScript works and what its capabilities are. To learn underlying principles and more techniques, read a more in-depth ActionScript book ...

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