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Learning FLASH

Any of you DEVs go through this?

I suggested to my boss that it might be a good idea if I took a flash course so that we don't have to pay external flash people so much for small fixes.

I'm quickly learning that developing in flash is a heckuva lot like coding!  Aside from actually drawing the graphics, all the vector/transform stuff is logic based enough that a developer mindset is aptly suited to it...
Permalink Kenny 
September 14th, 2006 12:32pm
yes. flash is evil. actionscript is pretty much javascript. but it is very hard to identify where the code is located inside a complicated flash application.
Permalink Peter 
September 14th, 2006 12:40pm
we haven't done much scripting, yet.  i'm looking forward to that part.  i'm guessing that the scripts are easier to find if you think of each frame as being an individual web page.
Permalink Kenny 
September 14th, 2006 1:21pm
Hire a Flash guy instead.

Not likely that after a one week course you will be an expert, and if you do take that (one week?) course, then you will slowly become the "Flash Guru" within your org rather than a dev.

Even if you try to cross train others, you run the risk of being the 'goto' guy for quick answers, you will be the obvious one for quick turn around and high profile Flash tasks, etc...

Seems like a demotion in a way.
Permalink arg! 
September 14th, 2006 2:49pm
can't be a demotion if i can do both jobs.  we're a small shop, and there doesn't seem to be enough dev work to keep me busy.

'sides, flash programming IS programming, imho.  instead of text as syntax, it uses symbols, vectors, transforms, frames, etc., instead.

just wait 'til you see my stick figure presentation...
Permalink Kenny 
September 14th, 2006 3:10pm
Our flash app grew over a 3 year period and was developed by a guy for whom english was not a native language. He's since quit, and doesn't return emails.
Permalink Peter 
September 14th, 2006 4:22pm

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