How to get started with ActionScript 3.0 in Flash Pro…

Flash Pro is a big tool, more like a hardware store. You can do a lot of things in it without ActionScript, but with AS, you can do infinitely more things. Just like with Flash Pro itself, there is an embarrassment of riches when it comes to the quantity of learning material out there for ActionScript 3.0. Learning ActionScript is itself a big task, and it requires learning some basic concepts of object-oriented programming, which isn’t necessarily hard, but for many people, it’s a whole new way of thinking that they haven’t had to do before.

Here are a few hand-picked resources for getting started with AS3 that hopefully will give new users confidence to try ActionScript and to know that they are looking at some of the best resources for learning it. These are all video tutorials.

  • Code Snippets and AS3 enhancements – Code snippets were introduced in Flash Pro CS5 and provide pre-written code that you can apply as a way to get a lot of basic functionality implemented without learning really any code. They are also a great way to begin learning ActionScript 3.0 because they are very small in most cases and reading them will quickly begin to shed some light on the conventions that are used.
  • ActionScript 3.0 101 – Flash Downunder – In this one, Paul Burnett gives a nice long intro lesson covering a lot of the basics. He’s a really good instructor with a good pace.
  • Building an application – This is a quick lesson by Todd Perkins that gives a basic intro to some must-have concepts, including event listeners and stop() actions.
  • ActionScript 101 with Doug Winnie – This is Doug’s show on Adobe TV. There are many, many episodes that go from the basic to more specific topics. Most of the episodes are 5-7 minutes long. A great free resource from a very good teacher with a manageable pace. Note that the episodes are listed in reverse chronological order (newest first) on the Adobe TV page.