Actionscript pains

I have an Actionscript 3 book lined up to tackle at some point, but generally my interaction with Actionscript is having to modify someone else’s SWF, most commonly old code from the 1.0 days. When I open one of these source files it sometimes takes time to even figure out where the code is. When I do find it, it’s not obvious when this code executes and in what scope. The object model of a Flash movie may not be much more complex than the browser DOM, but they’re quite different. I think part of my problem is that the structure of a movie (and the IDE navigation) is still foreign to me. The programmer in me wants to dig in with a spec in hand, and that often works with the projects I have to work on, but it would probably benefit me greatly to spend some time doing the boring beginner Flash tutorials.

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