Layer on top of these complex environs incompatibilities and proprietary software and vestiges of the browser wars and you have coding problems. Even if the developer is working in an advanced scripting or IDE environ likeBEAWeb Logic Workshop, IBM Websphere Studio, Microsoft Visual Studio, Oracle Developer; there are still interfacing and support tasks that take users to heterogeneous databases, Web Services or GUI interfaces that demand even more skills.
So it is no wonder that Flash has captured developers attention for a number of reasons:
As a result of the above Macromedia's Flash has experienced a phenomenal growth in popularity over the past five years. This is because the Flash plugin has become a default install in the Internet Explorer browser (giving it presence on 80-90% of all desktops worldwide) and because its IDE makes putting together sophisticated multimedia animations much easier than any other rival technology including Macromedia's own Director/Shockwave and Authorware tools, Java's applets, Microsoft's new Window's Media 9, and XML/SVG. The dramatic uptake of Flash in standalone and web based software demo and training applications is indicative of the switch to Flash for smart media packaging.
So the examples in the Flash tutorials are designed to highlight areas where Flash and ActionScript can be helpful in design presentation and even systems applications. Flash has been primarily used on the web and in standalone CD/DVD based promotional and kiosk applications. But with its ActionScript base, Flash becomes like PHP, VB.NET or Java applets - it can be connected and used as a media savvy UI-user interface in just about any setting. In addition, the examples are designed to help users doing Flash SWF work with nifty design ideas. They are simple and hopefully self explanatory.
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