Getting Started with ActionScript

Getting Started with ActionScript

ActionScript is an object-oriented programming language that has a wide reach on the web, the desktop, mobile devices, and beyond. If you want to be able to hit many targets with one code base, ActionScript is a great way to do so; it also lets you build a variety of application types, from 2D and 3D games to enterprise applications, video players, and more. In this workshop, expert software engineer Joseph Labrecque teaches you the very fundamentals of programming in ActionScript 3 using both Flash Professional and Flash Builder. You will learn how to use core constructs and object types such as variables, arrays, and functions, as well as more advanced types like video, sound, XML, and JSON.

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The following three sample movies are public:

Industry News Correspondent for ActiveTuts+

I have taken on a new authoring role as an ActiveTuts+ Correspondent writing a weekly industry news article focused on the Flash Platform. Having done about 10 video tutorials for them in the past and after covering Adobe MAX 2010 in Los Angeles, I believe the editors at ActiveTuts+ and I have a good relationship going; even though it is yet another chunk of responsibility for me to take on, I see great benefits in filling this role.

I’ve already written two pieces that have been published over the last two weeks and have material for next week ready to go. So, if anyone has interesting standout news items regarding Flash tech, please do drop me a line and I’d be happy to write about what’s going on. Else, I’ll be gathering stories from Adobe and the community, expanding upon them and filtering them through my eyes for inclusion in weekly articles.

I do hope you all find this useful.

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Using Flash Catalyst to Design a Film Trailer Website Series

My ActiveTuts+ two part series on Flash Catalyst is now online. Check out both parts below!


Using Flash Catalyst to Design a Film Trailer Website: Structure and Navigation
In this tutorial, we’ll demonstrate how simple it is to build a film trailer website using Flash Catalyst. Learn how to import a Photoshop file and build out states and navigation using imported assets.


Using Flash Catalyst to Design a Film Trailer Website: Effects, Audio, and Video
In this tutorial, we’ll demonstrate how simple it is to build a film trailer website using Flash Catalyst. Learn how to add subtle effects and how to hook in audio and video assets.