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Chapter 1. What's New in AS2 > What Is AS2 Really?

What Is AS2 Really?

AS2 is not a new language. It's a somewhat new syntax of an old language, ActionScript 1.0 (AS1). In fact, AS2 gets compiled in AS1 when it becomes an SWF file (SWF used to mean Shockwave File, but Macromedia says it now means Small Web File). ActionScript is supposed to be three to seven times faster than AS1. I haven't seen any tests to prove this claim, but it seems speedy enough for me.


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