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Chapter 19. Introduction to ActionScript > Understanding Object-Oriented Langua...

Understanding Object-Oriented Languages

ActionScript is an object-oriented programming (OOP) language. AS2 is even more strongly object-oriented than AS1. For approximately the last 40 years, OOP has been gaining ground as the programming paradigm of choice. In this chapter, I explain why and give some simple examples. Subsequent chapters go into more detail.

“Object-oriented” means “based on objects.” An object is a data structure that enables you to do in programs what you do in everyday life: group complex phenomena under simple headings.


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