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A function is a named unit, in which statements are logically grouped. It usually contains the following parts:

  • Function Name - e.g. function someName( )
  • Argument list - is enclosed within parentheses after the function name. It contains a comma-separated list of 0 or more arguments. Arguments are passed to the variable with the same name as the argument inside the function.
  • Return Type - the datatype of what the function can evaluate to.
  • The function Body - is enclosed within a pair of braces { } and contains a sequence of statements.
Here is a template. For AS 1.0 :
Function functionName(arg1, arg2, arg3){
	// statements go here
	return something if not void return type;
example1 (AS 1.0). Type this and compile (Control+Enter):
function test1(arg1, arg2){
// arg1 is passed to the variable with the same name 
// in the next line I.e. arg1
// call function
Notice that to call a function we write the function name and the argument lists in parentheses. Template to call a function:
  functionName(arg1, arg2);
Example 2 with a return value (AS 1.0)
function returnTest(arg1){
	var num = arg1 * 10;
	return num;
// call function
ex. 3
// returns the absolute value of number
 function abs(number){
return( i < 0 ? -i : i);
// call the method

ex 4
// return the smaller of two values.
function min(num1,num2){
return(num1 <= num2 ? num1: num2);

Functions in AS 2.0

Functions in AS 2.0 are a little different. AS 2.0 allows the setting of specific datatypes. Here is an example :

Function avgReturn(arg1:Number):Number{
Var num = arg1 * 5;
return num;
The template for an AS 2.0 function could be :
Function functionName(arg1:DataType, 
// statements go here
return something ;
Void is used to specify that there is no return type. E.g.
function noReturn(arg1:Number, 
trace(arg2+" is a string and "+arg1+" is a number");
// call function 


An array is a collection of objects . Individual objects are not named but accessed by its position in the array. Try this!

var theArray = new Array(5,4,8,2,1);
for(var i = 0;i<5;i++){
Elements are numbered beginning with "0".
In the above array
theArray[0] = 5
theArray[2] = 8
Length is a property of Array. It tells how many elements are in the array. So , from above,
theArray.length = 5


(As 2.0 only)
A class is a user-defined datatype, an aggregate of named data elements, and a set of operations to manipulate that data. A class definition consists of two parts:

  1. The class head - composed of the keyword class and a name
  2. the class body - enclosed by braces, contains the member definitions
A class name represents a new data type . e.g.
class Dog{
	// data members
	var name:String;
	var age:Number;
	// class method
	function setAge(age1:Number){
	age = age1;
Constructors allow us to create an instance of a class . e.g.
var rusty:Dog = new Dog();
// the dot operator (".") 
// allows us to access members and methods of that class.
rusty.name = "Rusty";

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Added: 2005-08-10
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