Keith began playing with Flash in 1999. After a couple of years making really horrible Flash web sites and huge intros, he discovered ActionScript, and has not looked back.
Keith's award winning personal experimental web site, www.bit-101.com features over 500 cutting edge flash experiments, with source available. It also has a series of tutorials on ActionScript which have been downloaded countless times and translated into many languages.
Keith has contributed to eight books on Flash and written several magazine articles on various Flash subjects.
Keith lives near Boston, MA in the USA, and is a Senior Flash Developer at Brightcove (www.brightcove.com).
ActionScript 3.0 for Animation
Flash has been with us for 10 years now. Back in the day, you were the king of tweens. Then you learned about ActionScript, and you were hooked. Games, animations, experiments. Throw an object on stage, give it a name and start writing some code to make it move. It was all so easy.
Now comes Flash 9 and AS 3, and all that buzz about Flex. But here's a secret: AS 3 is not just for Rich Internet Applications. All that cool stuff you were doing in Flash 8 and before? You can now do even more.
Yeah, it's a bit more strict, a bit more complex, and you'll have to grow up a bit in terms of coding practices. But is it worth it? Well, does a 100x speed increase sound like it's worth it?
In this session, we'll demystify ActionScript 3.0 for animation, games, experiments, showing you how to get started, changes to look out for, and lots of cool examples of why it is worth making the switch.