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Summary

This chapter has consolidated practically every component of ActionScript. Naturally, it’s more of a starting point rather than the last word. It’s fair to say that everything covered will be revisited—in much more detail—throughout the rest of the book.

Everything was important in this chapter, of course, but you should retain a few concepts in particular. For example, you should be comfortable with all the terms used, even if you don’t fully understand their application. You should understand the basic purposes of “events,”“properties,”“syntax,”“statements,” and “expressions.” The concept of data types is very important, but the good news is that you’ll hear more about it later. Regarding variables, if you only grasp that they are a safe—yet temporary—storage mechanism, you’ll be fine.

Just treat this chapter as an overview of the basic programming skills that you’re about to develop.

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