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Welcome to Data Types! In this tutorial we are going to discuss and learn about one of the new introductions to Flash Actionscript. Some basic data types existed in Flash 4 such as strings, numbers and boolean though they weren't formalised until Flash 5. As you have probably figured out, Flash 5 Actionscript is a lot more complex that its Flash 4 parent but it's complexity delivers something the internet needs - more power :)

What's a Data Type?
Simply put, a data type defines the type of data a variable or actionscript element can hold. In Flash 5 there are two types of data types - primitive and reference.

Let's begin with the primitive data types. If you have used flash 4 previously, the primitive data types will be familiar - strings, numbers and boolean. The term "primitive" is used because they were the "first" or "original" data types in programming.

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Added: 2000-10-26
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Eddie was a Content Editor at and is actually a sentient Gateway Solo 2150xl notebook that suffers from acute lysdexia and caffeine addiction. He is carried on the shoulders of a semi-autonomous human called "Body".
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