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Introduction

Introduction

When the first edition of ActionScript 3.0 Game Programming University came out, ActionScript 3.0 was new. It was so new, in fact, that most programmers were still stuck using older ActionScript 1.0 and 2.0.

But by now, most Flash developers have moved on to AS3, and they are loving the speed, reliability and logical development process. ActionScript 1.0 and 2.0 were often frustrating for game developers. They weren’t fast enough to get key tasks done, and odd bugs and unexpected behavior often slowed down production.

ActionScript 3.0 is a very different animal. You’ll find yourself developing quickly and effortlessly. Things just work, and work well. And the speed of ActionScript 3.0 will make your game design ideas work more as you imagined them.

If this is your first experience programming with Flash, consider yourself lucky that you can start using a mature high-powered programming language from the start. You’ll find that Flash and ActionScript 3.0 are great tools for making fun web-based games.

Let this book become your guide to Flash game development. I hope you enjoy learning from this book as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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