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ActionScript 2.0 Essential Training
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ActionScript 2.0 Essential Training

with Joey Lott

Video: ActionScript and the environment

So, to get started, let's first talk about what we're going to cover in this title. Obviously, this is about ActionScript and, specifically, we're going to be talking about ActionScript as it relates to Flash MX 2004. Now there are two versions of Flash MX 2004. There's the regular version and then the professional version and, actually, you might be surprised to know that ActionScript really facilitates you doing all the same kinds of things in both versions, so you don't have to worry if you have one version or the other.
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  1. 46s
    1. welcome
      46s
  2. 7m 54s
    1. ActionScript and the environment
      1m 55s
    2. working in the environment
      5m 59s
  3. 1h 41m
    1. understanding datatypes and variables
      12m 28s
    2. exercise: variables
      6m 49s
    3. expressions and operators
      6m 4s
    4. using if
      10m 59s
    5. exercise: if
      3m 10s
    6. using switch
      8m 2s
    7. exercise: switch
      3m 11s
    8. using for
      12m 6s
    9. exercise: for
      3m 28s
    10. working with functions 1
      5m 20s
    11. working with functions 2
      7m 16s
    12. working with functions 3
      3m 22s
    13. working with functions 4
      5m 15s
    14. exercise: functions
      3m 7s
    15. using setInterval
      8m 25s
    16. exercise: setInterval
      2m 41s
  4. 27m 11s
    1. objects
      3m 49s
    2. arrays
      13m 28s
    3. associative arrays
      9m 54s
  5. 49m 58s
    1. movie clips and buttons
      3m 15s
    2. movie clip addressing
      6m 48s
    3. event handler methods
      10m 57s
    4. basic animation effects
      5m 9s
    5. exercise: slideshow 1
      6m 32s
    6. exercise: slideshow 2
      4m 59s
    7. draggable movie clips
      7m 38s
    8. performing hit tests
      4m 40s
  6. 1h 11m
    1. introducing attachMovie
      13m 28s
    2. exercise: windows 1
      6m 19s
    3. exercise: windows 2
      5m 21s
    4. exercise: windows 3
      3m 51s
    5. exercise: windows 4
      6m 40s
    6. loading movie clip content
      10m 57s
    7. adding scripted masks
      5m 38s
    8. exercise: scripted masks 1
      11m 17s
    9. exercise: scripted masks 2
      5m 12s
    10. exercise: scripted masks 3
      2m 28s
  7. 2h 26m
    1. dynamic text fields
      13m 37s
    2. exercise: article viewer 1
      8m 33s
    3. formatting text
      10m 20s
    4. making HTML formatted text
      5m 18s
    5. loading text
      5m 53s
    6. exercise: article viewer 2
      6m 23s
    7. scrolling text
      10m 57s
    8. exercise: article viewer 3
      8m 32s
    9. cascading style sheets 1
      11m 38s
    10. cascading style sheets 2
      6m 4s
    11. exercise: article viewer 4
      5m 38s
    12. making input fields
      5m 51s
    13. making password fields
      10m 3s
    14. exercise: article viewer 5
      20m 55s
    15. loading variables
      7m 41s
    16. exercise: article viewer 6
      8m 56s
  8. 52m 39s
    1. introducing components
      1m 55s
    2. the button component
      10m 26s
    3. combo box and list
      9m 25s
    4. multiple selections for a list
      3m 19s
    5. the checkbox component
      4m 15s
    6. radio buttons
      5m 40s
    7. exercise: quiz form 1
      10m 12s
    8. styles for components
      5m 22s
    9. exercise: quiz form 2
      2m 5s
  9. 1h 14m
    1. creating and attaching sound
      6m 9s
    2. loading sound
      6m 37s
    3. load progress
      7m 25s
    4. start, stop and pause
      4m 46s
    5. setting the volume
      6m 17s
    6. playback
      5m 39s
    7. playback dragging
      4m 51s
    8. exercise: sound 1
      5m 54s
    9. exercise: sound 2
      5m 12s
    10. exercise: sound 3
      2m 54s
    11. exercise: sound 4
      3m 48s
    12. exercise: sound 5
      5m 15s
    13. exercise: sound 6
      9m 47s
  10. 57m 58s
    1. introduction to video
      2m 43s
    2. creating a video symbol
      6m 27s
    3. attaching video to the stage
      3m 45s
    4. exercise: video 1
      9m 9s
    5. play and pause
      3m 33s
    6. exercise: video 2
      2m 19s
    7. video progress
      2m 37s
    8. exercise: video 3
      3m 37s
    9. audio and video
      4m 23s
    10. exercise: video 4
      6m 42s
    11. looping playback
      4m 52s
    12. exercise: video 5
      2m 34s
    13. exercise: video 6
      5m 17s
  11. 9s
    1. goodbye
      9s

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Watch the Online Video Course ActionScript 2.0 Essential Training
9h 50m Beginner Jan 29, 2004

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ActionScript 2.0 is a powerful scripting language that allows you to create complex and highly interactive Flash applications. In ActionScript 2.0 Essential Training, Joey Lott will teach you the essential skills and reveal the insider information you need to begin developing Flash applications. The training begins with an overview of programming terms and concepts used in ActionScript such as datatypes, variables, expressions and operators, switch statements, arrays, functions, etc., and then quickly moves on to show apply the concepts using practical examples. While this training title was recorded in the Flash MX 2004 interface, it is appropriate for users of Flash 8 as well. Exercise files accompany the tutorial, allowing you to follow along and learn at your own pace.

Note: This product was previously named Learning ActionScript 2.0 in Flash MX 2004

Topics include:
  • The work environment
  • Datatypes and variables
  • Expressions
  • Variables
  • Objects
  • Arrays
  • Movie clips
  • Buttons
  • CSS in Flash
  • Sound
  • Video in Flash
Subjects:
Developer Web Programming Languages
Software:
ActionScript Flash Professional
Author:
Joey Lott

ActionScript and the environment

So, to get started, let's first talk about what we're going to cover in this title. Obviously, this is about ActionScript and, specifically, we're going to be talking about ActionScript as it relates to Flash MX 2004. Now there are two versions of Flash MX 2004. There's the regular version and then the professional version and, actually, you might be surprised to know that ActionScript really facilitates you doing all the same kinds of things in both versions, so you don't have to worry if you have one version or the other.

Everything that we cover in this title is going to work in both versions. So you should be okay with that. We're also going to be talking a lot about ActionScript 2.0. Now, you might not yet be familiar with the difference between what Macromedia is calling ActionScript 1.0 and ActionScript 2.0. ActionScript 1.0 is the - sort of the original version of ActionScript. So, if you used ActionScript in Flash 5 or Flash MX, then that's the ActionScript that you've used in the past.

ActionScript 2.0 is sort of a new version of ActionScript, but don't worry, it's not entirely different. It's not going to be like learning Chinese if you grew up learning English. It's going to be very similar and, in fact, it's going to make things a lot easier for you as you're learning to code. So, hopefully, what you're going to get out of the lessons in this title is that you'll learn how to use ActionScript in order to do all of the kinds of things that you want to do. If you've seen cool things on the web, or you've seen cool things that friends have done, then a lot of the real power of Flash is in ActionScript and so, when you're done with all of the lessons in this tutorial, then you should be able to sit down and take the ideas and make them really work in Flash and really unveil all of the power that's hidden inside of there.

So let's go ahead and get started.

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