My journey along the prototype chain as a Rebel Alliance leader back in the Flash 5/MX days, using cool hacking techniques with my friend __proto__, made things like associating a movieclip with a class possible back then.
It’s been a long time since those hacks were needed – now with ActionScript 3.0, I have mixed feelings seeing my old friend being removed.
On one hand, I haven’t done anything with this friend for years; on the other hand, it’s been a great adventure exploring the deep dark secrets along the chain – an impossible task without this trusted friend.
Of course, these are all silly memories from an old guy who still enjoys adventures. But this time, it’s about other more exciting things, like: getting things done quicker without reinventing the wheel, using GUI for building applications (so almost anyone can do it, haha), and getting results fast. What has the world come to… 8-P
So, the Flex 2 product line is now in alpha, with Flex Framework 2, Flex Builder 2, Flash Player 8.5, ActionScript 3.0, among others new experiments that were just announced by Macromedia.
This journey is getting interesting again, even though we barely just started with Flash 8 and all its new cool features.
Oh, one more thing… Flex Builder 2 is available to everyone today for testing, see you later Sparkle… 😎
2 replies on “ActionScript 3.0 & the Rebel Alliance”
Now that’s a term I haven’t heard in a long time! I too was once strong in the light side (or was it the dark side) of the force.
Heh. While i am very excited about FB2, AS3 the new player, etc etc, i do miss some of the things that AS1 had. I use Python, and have come to embrace the lack of compile time type checking. Also, with __proto__ you could do interesting kinds of inheritance not possible with AS2/3 (the comb style from the Newton OS – http://wsmith.best.vwh.net/OOPSLA95.pdf).