I don't like feeding the big green monster (microsoft) more
than I have to but I think Macromedia (adobe?) should make
programming with action script more like programming in visual
studio 2005. I program for fun and to be honest, its not that fun
when you use a plain text editor or the run of the mill IDE; But
then I started to learn Visual Basic 2005 (started with the express
edition) and I have to admit, Microsoft has done a very good job.
Programming in VB2005 (or any visual studio language) is super easy
with intelliSense (basically a really cool code completion feature
of the VS2005) among other things. For that matter, why doesn't
macromedia (adobe) allow multiple Action Script languages like
Microsoft .net? This why they can lure the many Visual basic
programmers out there to use Flash for their rich web content
(instead of Ajax). This would allow more people to learn AS faster
as well as get whatever task they're trying to conquer done much
faster (I code really fast and error free in vs2005). Please post
your thoughts on this!
Check out sepy, a 3rd party AS editor:
It has some of the features you mentioned and feels much more like
programming than the Flash IDE editor (a class explorer! clickable
links to all methods! ...
I'm not a fan of Visual Basic, but I do like C# and Java, and
AS is coming very near to those, imho. So I don't see the need for
different AS languages, most programmers are familiar with the
above languages and should understand AS pretty fast.
Yupper. I use SE|PY more than anything else, though other
available. It is possible to edit AS files in Eclipse, a
developed for a variety of languages (though primarily used,
I think, for
Java). Depending on how complicated you want to get, you can
your AS files with MTASC instead of the Flash IDE. Head over
for details on all of this stuff.