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Flash XML Applications by Joachim Bernhard Schnier

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16ActionScript 3: Basic Tutorial

Introduction

Flash actionscripting is moving with exponential speed. AS2 was the new generation of ActionScript introduced with Flash 7 (MX 2004). Just about 2 years later we needed to learn a new version of ActionScript, AS3. Do we? I leave this answer to you. If you know AS2 classes you will be interested in AS3. If you are not familiar with AS2 classes you may want to get a glimpse of AS3, because it seems AS3 allows endless possibilities for developing Flash applications. AS3 is used with the Flex 2 builder and is part of Flash CS3. A main reason to develop in AS3 is the performance increase. AS3 source code is first compiled into byte code and then passed on to a new ActionScript virtual machine called AVM2, ...

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