TypeScript for ActionScript Developers

Introduction

The following covers what the TypeScript language is compared to ActionScript 1, 2, and 3 with as much context as possible and compares the syntax side by side. This article should help serve as a reference while you learn TypeScript. Also, these articles always help me learn while writing them and I like to have documentation I can refer to later.

You cannot really talk about ActionScript without talking about the Flash Player internals just like you can’t really talk about JavaScript for web development without also talking about browser internals. Thus, I’ve tried my best to make what the ActionScript equivalents are in the JavaScript browser world.
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Backbone.js for Flash and Flex Developers

Introduction

The JavaScript web development community has a significant amount of application development frameworks, specifically around creating scalable applications using MVC/MVP/MVVM/MVPM/MVPV/MVSC, etc. Flash & Flex have the same, although not as many, nor as many library dependencies.

Backbone in particular has some longevity amongst the many frameworks available and has been used in some high profile applications (notably Pivotal Tracker). Since I’ve recently been fixing a web application project with a varied history, I’m diving head first into Backbone, and taking a break from diving into Angular.

In this article, I’ll go over what Backbone is, how its features compare to frameworks Flash & Flex Developers are used to, and some implementation details that will help you compare how JavaScript MVC apps compare to Flash and Flex ones.

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