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Chapter 2. What’s New in Flash MX > Features for Programmers

Features for Programmers

The vast majority of the new features in Flash MX are geared towards programmers (lucky us!). Not only are there countless additions to the programming language itself, the improvements to the interface make programming easier. Sure, creating a complex web site using components is a snap, but that’s not what I mean when I say programming is easier. Complex programming is still complex, but the new features mean that you’ll spend less time creating workarounds or fixing stupid mistakes. For example, you can now set the Actions panel preferences to any font, whereas before the font made a “0” look nearly the same as “()”—and the font was so small that you couldn’t tell the difference. There are a ton of things like this, but I’ll try to stick to the biggies.

Revised Actions Panel

All scripting gets typed into the Actions panel. Anything that saves you time while editing scripts is a good thing. Even after you become a proficient programmer, it’s likely that you won’t be able to just type in some code and see it work. The process involves constant refining—either to fix bugs or to add features. The last thing you need is stupid mistakes like typos and improper syntax. The features in the Actions panel should help reduce errors.


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