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Learning Actionscript

Actionscript Syntax

The Actionscript syntax is very unique. The three main characters of the syntax are the curly braces {}, the semicolon ;, and the parentheses (). You use the curly braces to indicate the end of the code. This tells Flash to stop parsing, or reading, the code. The semicolon indicates the end of a statement. For example, when you were in English class a while back, you probably learned that a period ended a sentence, or a statement. Think of the semicolon as a period. Parentheses usually indicate a specific thing. Maybe an action or number for example. You can see all the characters in action with this code: on(press){ gotoAndStop(2); } I'll explain the code.The fist line, "on(press){", says that when you press a button, Flash should do something (which is the second line). Notice that the word "press" is in parentheses. In this case, it is an action. Also note the curly brace. It can also be used to tell Flash that the next line of code is something that it should do. I'm not going to go very in-depth with the second line of code. I'm just going to tell you about the second set of parentheses and the semicolon. The second set of parentheses, in this case, are used to encase a number. The semicolon in the code is used, just as mentioned, to mark the end of the statement. The last line of code is just a curly brace. This is used, as also mentioned, to mark the end of the code.
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Added: 2007-11-19
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