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Chapter 26. Flash and Shockwave > Flash Power Tools

26.2. Flash Power Tools

You can do some pretty nifty things with Flash using its built-in features right out of the box. For many users, this is plenty. But Flash isn't just about animation and sound. Using its advanced scripting features and add-on software, Flash movies can be programmed for complex interactive functionality and even serve as the front end for dynamically generated content.

26.2.1. ActionScript

Flash 5 uses the robust ActionScript scripting language for adding behaviors and advanced interactivity to Flash movies. ActionScript is an object-oriented language based on a version of JavaScript (the ECMA-262 spec, for those who need to know), so although it shares characteristics with the JavaScript we know and love, the two are not 100% compatible.


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