3 Replies Latest reply on Jan 3, 2008 10:19 AM by Boxing Boom

    where to start?

    luckymac
      hey there, bonehead question here:
      is it a bad idea to start trying to learn actionscript without any previous html or other code experience?
      thanks
        • 1. Re: where to start?
          Rothrock Level 5
          No.

          However (and I'm just going to tease you a little, but I mean nothing by it!) it isn't a good idea to try and learn it if you have no experience with language grammar! (I couldn't resist since you didn't include any capitalization in your post!)

          Capitalization is important to AS and you will need to dot all your is and cross all your ts.

          Start small and break up your tasks. If you want to make an xml driven, photo gallery, with cool swoopy effects then work on the bits first. Learn about loading XML. Learn about loading photos. Learn about swoopiness. Then combine them together.

          Post here often with questions -- on specific topics that you are facing.

          Read the help files and the ActionScript dictionary.

          Maybe get a book. There are a lot of good ones. (David Stiller from these forums has co-written one and often recommends other good ones as well.)

          Hope that helps. It really is a lot of fun.
          • 2. Re: where to start?
            Level 7
            luckymac,

            >> is it a bad idea to start trying to learn actionscript
            >> without any previous html or other code experience?

            You'll be fine. (You have to start somewhere!) At one point or
            another, everyone on this forum started without previous experience of some
            kind. For many Flash designer/developers, ActionScript is their first
            programming language. Occasionally, you'll get someone who knows PHP,
            Python, Java (what have you), first -- but even then, they were obviously
            noobs in those languages. Jump in at any time. ;)

            As Rothrock said, capitalization is important; in fact, punctuation is
            too. The "grammar" of programming is called syntax, and programming is all
            about communication. The recipient of your communiation isn't a flexible,
            creative human, but rather a rigid compiler that cannot guess what you mean
            if you make even a single mistake. I don't say that to discourage you, by
            any means ... but keep it in mind as you start wading.

            I agree with Rothrock's other points, as well. Start small. If
            something doesn't make sense, break it down into a smaller task (and break
            it down again, if need be) until you understand what's going on. The phrase
            "make coffee" makes perfect sense to most of us, but if you've never done
            it, you might have no idea where to begin. If you change that goal to
            "grind beans," "fill carafe," "brew," it may seem easier to grasp. But
            maybe the "brew" part still doesn't make sense ... so you break that down to
            "pour ground beans into filter," "place filter into coffee maker," "pour
            carafe into top," and "press red button."

            In the case of Flash, you might want to start with the MovieClip class.
            In this context, the term "class" refers to a blueprint for making an
            object -- and it's all about objects. Everything programmable in Flash can
            be thought of in terms of an object. Characteristics the object has are
            called properties (the x and y position of a movie clip, for example, or its
            width and height). Things the object can do are called methods (play(),
            stop(), etc.). Things the object can react to are called events (onPress,
            onRelease, onMouseMove, etc.). For the most part, one or more of these
            headings -- properties, methods, and events -- are to be found in the class
            entries for each object in the ActionScript 2.0 (or 3.0) Language Reference.
            Movie clips are defined by the MovieClip class, dynamic and input text
            fields by the TextField class, dates and time by the Date class, blur
            effects by the BlurFilter class, and so on.


            David Stiller
            Co-author, Foundation Flash CS3 for Designers
            http://tinyurl.com/2k29mj
            "Luck is the residue of good design."


            • 3. where to start?
              Boxing Boom Level 1
              HI,

              LYNDA.COM ;) Great books and videos; start here first my friend. Then after about four weeks, go to kirupa.com go through tutorials that interest you. And finally, grab some polish at www.gotoandlearn.com. And learn some stuff from the built in help files in Flash itself, great example scripting; spend 20 min a day here.

              Your already a pro, kid.

              Oh yeah, damn almost forgot to mention; cbeech and kglad! here on this forum!

              Kind Regards,

              Boxing Boom