Any good Flash-For-Javascripters Tutorials?

So, I’m beginning to learn Adobe Flash as a tool for front-end development. It’s a bit obscene that I’ve gone this long without diving into it in earnest, but I’ve been busy with CSS and Javascript.

Here’s the problem that I’m having. The language (Actionscript) is very simple for a Javascripter to pick up, since it’s basically just ECMA 4, which is Javascript with support for static typing and classes. No biggie there. But the whole timeline-stage-layer environment is intensely confusing to my poor programmer mindset.

I can understand moving things around programmatically, even doing complex motions and layering and whatnot. The HTML DOM (where I spend most of my time) incorporates these concepts in a very fundamental way. But I’m not a graphic designer, I’ve never done anything with iMovie, and the parts of Flash that everyone takes for granted are very bizarre to me. On the other hand, when I hit the part of the tutorial where they’re explaining the difference between || and &&, I am bored to tears.

In fact, it would be great if I could just have one frame, one layer, and move everything around programmatically in Actionscript. But I’m having a lot of trouble finding Flash how-to documentation that approaches it from this angle.

Any leads? (Feel free to send directly if you don’t feel like commenting publicly.)

3 Responses to “Any good Flash-For-Javascripters Tutorials?”

  1. On February 10th, 2007 at 17:40:02, Peter Goodman Said:

    I was fooling around with Flash last summer and, being a huge jQuery fan, wrote an actionscript library for doing just about anything I needed to without having to touch the flash gui! You can find some more info on it at and

  2. On March 1st, 2007 at 08:49:34, mattbta Said:

    Have you looked at flex? I’ve only just begun to crack the surface of the capabilites of flex, but so far it has been great for building RIA’s. My current application is an enterprise dashboard that sits on top of a Business Intelligence tool and have found flex to be just what I need.

  3. On March 1st, 2007 at 16:01:19, Isaac Said:

    Thanks. Yeah, I have. It’s pretty cool, and AS3 has some nice language features.

    The downside that we’ve found is that Flex makes pretty big flash movies (like, 120 KB minimum) because of all the components that get linked in every time. Do you know of a way around this problem?

    Also, if you want to use AS3, then it seems that you have to create movies that are only compatible with Flash 9, and we’ll have to support at least Flash 7 or 8 (for now.)

    It’s very promising, though!

    I’m currently investigating using something like this:
    Motion-Twin is a command-line compiler for actionscript which allows you to do everything in a text editor, and compile smaller flash movies that are supported by Flash 7. No AS3 or MXML, though :(

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