I’m learning Actionscript 3… and I like it!

Essential Actionscript 3.0After some tests with the Adobe AIR SDK, I’ve discovered the huge limits of developing in HTML + Javascript (of course I’m speaking about a desktop application perspective). So I’ve took a look around and I’ve realized that what I need for AIR (and not only) is Actionscript! It is infinitely stronger, flexible and better structured than Javascript, and with the 3.0 version is a true object oriented programming language. From my point of view it can be considered a middle way between Java and Javascript. In fact it has the OOP benefits as polymorphism, hineritance, interfaces, typed parameters and so on like Java, plus the flexibility of the coding style like Javascript, ie I can use JSON sintax and I’m free to code in “strongly tiped” way or not.

At the moment I’m studing the excellent book “Essential Actionscript 3.0” and I’m already quite comfortable with the new language. The next book I’m going to buy are:

  • Actionscript 3 design patterns
  • Actionscript 3 game programming university
  • Foundation Actionscript 3 animations: Making Things Move!
  • Programming Flex 3 – The Comprehensive Guide to Creating Rich Internet Applications with Adobe Flex

So… like AC/DC say: “It’s a long way to the top if you want rock N roll” :-)