Being user-to-user forums, with little to no participation by Adobe, no one here is likely to be able to provide a definitive answer. Personally, I'd say that your only problem will arise if the Flash Player ever drops the capability to play AS2 and earlier files. That wouldn't make sense to do since it already has that built into it and is probably a drop in piece that doesn't draw any effort to do anytime a new player is created.
No one (reasonable) is going to fault you for sticking with what you're comfortable with personally... though not advancing with the times has a track record of leaving one behind the times, which can be read as a fault professionally by some (also reasonable).
well thanks for your inputs at least..
well i know it wont be forever. but if i can be guaranteed support/compatibility till 2014 im ok coz by then i'd probably wana update the whole thing from scratch..
but right now i just need to start developing it since i have very short deadline.
i already made projections. with AS2 i can finish the whole thing in 2 months.. but w/ AS3 including all the blunders and WTF moments that i'll go through and learn , learn learn to do, im looking at at least 5months ..
My plan is to do AS2 now, and learn the NEXT AS version after 3.. 3.2? 3.5? or even AS4? Because I somehow "feel" if i start mastering AS3 now, meaning go through that process of reading, studying, trial and error and getting used to, id' probably have to go through that process again soon in a year or 2, coz surely adobe is cooking up something new again.. i'd be lucky if it isnt a too drastic of a change like AS2 - AS3, but still there's that painful learning and getting comfy curve we have to endure.. and with my lifestyle now, it's not as easy to sit down and learn things. im sooooo busy now running difference businesses also.. coz if it was back when I started im sure i can burry myself in AS3 for a month and i'd come out AWESOME.. but this time i dont have that luxury..I have few hours / WEEk to try and get comfy w/ AS3 and that's not much time.. and disruptions in daily life is gona make it harder to0 lolz
....well so i guess the answer here is NOONE KNOWS huh?
Yep, but as I said, it would be very unlikely that the Flash Player will stop supporting AS2 content... there's a world of it already out there that needs to remain being supported into the future, not just you.
hmm.. true that.. thanks for the words of confidence..
if in 2 years adobe remove AS2 support , i will hold you responsible..
hahhahaha just kidding
Hi, I'm curious about one thing. Is it possible that Adobe may come out with an AS2 to AS3 translator? I know the languages are very different, but who better than they knows the insides of the code style, so as to develop some sort of translator to help all us AS3 newbies master the language?
I doubt they will do any more than they already have... provided a table in the help documentation identifying what AS2 elements became what in AS3.
I doubt such a tool would be a practical investment, and possibly would leave alot of holes where there would be no translation... some processing does not translate on a line for line basis and requires knowledgeable decisions and adjustments on a case by case basis.
Anyways, I don't see how a translator will help someone master AS3... it would seem such a tool would do the opposite... provide a crutch for those who don't want to take the time and effort to learn.
I agree, i doub that there will be an AS2-AS3 converter tool... it's not impossible but it's extremely difficult to achieve proper translation.. it'll take a long time to develop such, and an even long time and lots of versions fix bugs.. by that time i myself would've made the complete change already to AS3 hahaha
But if one thinks abou it, if the player support, as well as the 3rd party tools continue to support AS2, it's not a problem.. i've seen so many freshly develop systems rolling out w/ outdated framework/language etc.. if it achieves the purpose then that's that..