Appendix A. Resources
The following are resources of interest. See also the URLs cited in
the the Preface.
A.1. ActionScript and Programming
- ActionScript: The Definitive Guide Book Site
download center for all the samples in this book (the Code Depot),
plus dozens of other common ActionScript examples. Also provides book
updates, technotes, sample chapters, errata, and news. Maintained by
The author's bookmarks. Lists hundreds of sites with technical
information and design inspiration for Flash and web design in
- Macromedia's Flash Support Center
A thriving collection of information for ActionScript and Flash.
Contains the entire text of Macromedia's ActionScript
Dictionary and a regularly updated database of technotes for Flash
developers. A trial version of the Flash authoring tool may be
downloaded from: http://www.macromedia.com/software/flash/trial.
- Macromedia Exchange for Flash
A collection of professional-quality Smart Clips,
.fla project files, and ActionScript samples.
Content is hosted and endorsed by Macromedia but codeveloped by the
Flash community. Access to samples requires use of an installation
utility called the Extension Manager.
- Flash Kit
Internet.com's Flash Kit is the
largest third-party source of Flash help. The site has everything
under the Flash sun: sample files, message boards, tutorials, news,
feature articles, an arcade, interviews, chat, gallery, and much
more. Of special interest to Flash programmers are the ActionScript
sample .fla files available for download at
portal for Flash developers, Ultrashock maintains a lively collection
of ActionScript-centric .fla files and
- Flashcoders Mailing List
Hosted by Branden Hall of Fig Leaf
Software, this active Flash developer's email list focuses
specifically on intermediate to advanced ActionScript. It is a great
place to learn practical techniques and have questions answered by
peers but is not for general Flash questions or
site checks. Archives are searchable and posted on a monthly basis.
Check the archives for answers before posting questions.
- Brandon Williams's and Ethan Kennedy's Flash Experiments
A large collection of advanced
math-based ActionScript demos. Dozens of sample
.fla files available for study covering 3D,
fractals, and many visual physics effects. Includes in-depth articles
on math-based programming in Flash.
- The comp.graphics.algorithms FAQ
Describes mathematical solutions to a wide variety of graphics
programming problems. Ranges from simpler topics such as, "How
do I find the distance from a point to a line?" to advanced 3D
issues, normally outside the realm of Flash programming.
- Archived Macromedia Flash Players
Download old versions of the Macromedia Flash Player for testing.
- General Game-Programming Resources
The following sites offer useful
information for designing, planning, and programming games (these are
- Flash and Active Server Pages (ASP)
The following articles
from ASP 101 provide a good introduction to integrating Flash with
ASP to create a simple Flash form:
- Macromedia Generator
Though it is beyond the scope of this
book to discuss Macromedia Generator, the following web sites offer
excellent Generator development resources:
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