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Really Basic Stupid Question

  1. Aug 27, 2008 #1
    Hello,

    I am really really new to programming, could someone tell me, is Flash's Action script counted as a programming language?
     
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  3. Aug 27, 2008 #2

    CRGreathouse

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    It's a scripting language, which is a basic sort of programming language.
     
  4. Aug 27, 2008 #3

    jtbell

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    Just out of curiosity, why does it matter?
     
  5. Aug 27, 2008 #4
    Its just that there is this Summer camp and it asks whether you know any programming, and if so, give examples.

    Should i just give them a flash video game i made?
     
  6. Aug 29, 2008 #5

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    Depends on what version Actionscript you used. The new actionscript is definitely programming, particularly being that it is not object oriented. Previous versions are iffy, and if they ask for programming experience, I wouldn't be real confident in it.
     
  7. Sep 2, 2008 #6

    CRGreathouse

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    Sure, how could that possibly hurt?
     
  8. Sep 7, 2008 #7

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    It's a programming language. ActionScript is an ECMAScript implementation. It doesn't have to be object oriented to be a programming language (otherwise what would C be). The important distinction is between HTML/XML which are markup languages not programming languages. However JavaScript and ActionScript fall well in the realm of programming languages, they have the same descriptive power as other languages, it's only their capabilities which are reduced for various reasons (security, performance).
     
  9. Sep 12, 2008 #8

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    I agree Job, I wasn't trying to imply that a language 'needs' to be OO, I was really saying that the new Flash actionscript is quite impressive. More to the point though, it really depends on what one learns during this camp.

    If the camp assumes knowledge that programming experience involves knowledge of programming structure, pointers, etc, then the OP might be in trouble. I personally am familiar with old actionscript and being able to throw a ball around a Flash stage didn't really help when I learned fortran.
     
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