ActionScript 3 Workshop details.

I’ve had a few people ask for more information on the ActionScript 3 workshop I’m running in Toronto at the end of September, and I thought it would be good to clarify the course goals.

This is not a beginner workshop. It is firmly targeted at developers who have a working knowledge of ActionScript 2, and want a fast way to get running with AS3. As such, I will not be covering any basic programming concepts, but instead will focus on differences between AS2 and AS3, and the new features of the language. It will be filled with tips, tricks, best-practices, and gotchas I’ve picked up while applying AS3 to both experimental and commercial projects.

It is lecture format, but with room for some open discussion and Q&A. Attendees will be given comprehensive course notes, and source code for all in-course examples.

Here are the goals of the workshop:

  • high level understanding of the AS3 language

  • confidence migrating from AS2 to AS3

  • competency working with core AS3 concepts

  • introduction to nearly all new AS3 capabilities

  • brief introduction to AS3 powered technology: AIR and Flex

And the high-level outline:

  • overview of AS3 and AVM2

  • migrating from AS2

  • display list

  • events and interaction

  • network: loading data & assets

  • parsing data: RegExp & E4X

  • runtime errors

  • garbage collection

  • new capabilities (objects and methods)

  • Flex & AIR (time permitting)

  • tips / best practices / gotchas / q&a throughout

And don’t forget that the onAIR bus tour is happening in Toronto the next day, so this is a great chance to get some in-depth training on AS3, then learn all about one of the technologies it powers.

If you’re interested in signing up, you can enter “gskinner” to get $25 off. If you’re planning to send a few people, fire RMI an email and they might be able to hook you up with an even better discount. Registration information is available here.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Grant Skinner

The "g" in gskinner. Also the "skinner".



  1. Man… I really REALLY want to attend this, but it doesnt fit into my schedule, any chance this course will be obtainable via video download, etc? I would be willing to pay for it…

  2. I would really want to attend to.. the only problem, I don’t live in the U.S. I would be VERY happy if you could record it!! I would be willing to pay for it to!

  3. Looks awesome, I can’t wait, also Jankees this isn’t being held in the U.S. its being held in Toronto, Canada.

  4. Throw me in with the above posters. Living in Sydney puts me out of attending, but I’d love to see a video download of it. For pay would be fine. Please help us overseas guys out 😀

  5. Just to keep you all posted, we’re working on taping Grants workshop and putting a dvd rom or something together. Grant will post more details as they become available, probably after the workshop. thx.

  6. Yaaaay! I’m going to be there! My company is sending me over. Can’t wait!


  7. Count me in for the DVD! That would be really fantastic!

  8. I’m really looking forward to this one. I wonder is it too late to make a suggestion : creating a custom CS3 component (based on CS3 component architecture your team worked on). I’d like that. Regardless, I’ll be there.

  9. Sounds like a great venue, and I wish I could be there as well. Hopefully you’ll consider recording the sessions and making them available to us who can’t make it to Canada ATM. And I’m with the crowd who’d be willing to pay something for it…

  10. count me in for the DVD too, that would be great, and i’d pay good money for it 🙂

  11. Count me in for the DVD, i live in Argentina =-( ….very sad…XD

  12. Grant, what should I be prepared to setup in my computer? Flash CS3 or Flex2 or Flex3 from labs?


  13. Oops! Found out here…

    That’s Flash CS3 and Flex 2/3 and trial versions are fine.

  14. Hi Grant

    Any chance you might be posting notes from the calss?

  15. It is impossible to love and to be wise.

    ion thanks.

  16. Oh! i have a keen interest in learning such things, but missed that opportunity any how you will be having some of the notes about that i guess, can you post another blog briefly about this….

  17. Did a DVD ever make it into production? I would be REALLY interested in it. Thanks.

  18. any chance of bringing this to NY in the future?

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