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Chapter 14. Learning ActionScript > What Is ActionScript?

What Is ActionScript?

ActionScript is the programming language used by Flash. Anything in the movie that isn't controlled by the timeline is controlled by ActionScript, including interactivity, looping, and logical decisions.

ActionScript is an object-oriented language, meaning each item in a Flash movie that has a reference or name is considered an individual entity. Each object has properties that can be tested and often changed. If you're familiar with JavaScript (another object-oriented language), you probably can guess that a Flash movie is a hierarchy of objects just as an HTML page is. The movie is itself an object containing objects, which can contain other objects, and so on.


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