Flash & ActionScript: where to start?

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There is a desire to learn Flash and Actionscript. Current skills — PHP, Bash, SQL...
Prompt, please, where to start, what to read and what software is needed?
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First you need to say that since AS3, flash wonderful free reference base, the best of those with whom I am familiar. So you should start with her. The first thing you should address, even if you know nothing is a book (available in Russian) "PROGRAMMING ACTIONscript 3.0" (http://bit.ly/9oRs6H). After reading it, you will be able to write polnochnye application.
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Next you need to decide on the authoring tool. If you are an animator, it is more convenient adamowski Flash CS, probably nothing. But, if you are a programmer, here is available a fleet of free and paid means. This Powerflasher FDT (surcharge), and Realaxy Actionscript Editor from tectonic developers and free SEPHY. But my favorite is FlashDevelop, a free editor based on Eclipse, reliable, easy, fast and produmanny to detail, in General, must see.
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And I would not advise to begin learning with Flex — it's like eating dumplings with hands. It seems comfortable, but will constantly be uncomfortable. Not to mention the fact that Flex is the application development tool with a user-interface, its code is translated into as3, and then compiled.
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Still can go https://freeriatools.adobe.com/ to say that you are a student and get the licensed version of Flash Builder for non-commercial use.
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read Colin MUK — Actionscript 3.0 for Flash
soft — Powerflasher FDT
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Read: Essential Actionscript 3.0 by Colin Moock ISBN-10: 0-596-52694-6, Actionscript 3.0 Cookbook by Joey Lott, Darron Schall, Keith Peters ISBN: 0-596-52695-4
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A good free editor: www.flashdevelop.org/downloads/releases/FlashDevelop-3.2.2-RTM.exe
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You can start with a simple — Adobe Flex. Depends on what you want the flash to do! If the animation — you will certainly need to study Adobe Flash, and if the web application — it is better (read easier) to use Flex
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flasher.ru/forum there is an example of creating toys is painted in the AC3 forum, all clearly written. Suggest.
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