I've seen some videos using Flash and others using catalyst/Builder. I'm not sure which to start learning, I'm very interested though. I'm comfortable with flash (and have new 5.5 creative) but feel like builder/catalyst will eventually be more powerful.
what are the advantages and disadvantages of them (is there somewhere I can read up on this if it's too long of an answer?)
are there any good websites or books that really dig into the actual code from beginner to advanced? I don't even know where to look, the documentation is just very overwhelming. how would you advise even beginning? I don't want to get into bad habbits. i.e. learn in Flash then find out that I am limited by the program, or learn bad coding practices.
I suggest checking out the Flash Platform page on Adobe.com for additional information. Flash Professional, Flash Builder, and Flash Catalyst are targeted towards individual workflows for building rich Internet applications. If you want to build data-driven or e-commerce applications and leverage the Flex framework, I suggest checking out Flash Builder.