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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


The 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.



The author's bookmarks. Lists hundreds of sites with technical information and design inspiration for Flash and web design in general.

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 http://www.flashkit.com/movies/Scripting.



A general portal for Flash developers, Ultrashock maintains a lively collection of ActionScript-centric .fla files and tutorials.

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

http://www.faqs.org /faqs/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 non-ActionScript-specific sites):




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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