At 9/12/08 03:26 PM, funkycaveman wrote:
what the best and most useful language for conventional programming?
I'm sure you've seen it talked about and it's nothing to be afraid of. It really is a great language. It even has very similar syntax (though not identical) to ActionScript.
And you have lists and typed arrays and the syntax makes more sense than for example ActionScript's.
If you want to do flash games, fine use haXe and compile to Flash Player 9.
If you want to code back-end on websites, fine, use haXe and compile to PHP or Neko (using mod_neko).
It's also really easy to get and it compiles way faster than for example Flash IDE does. And it's open source so it's totally free. Just download haXe and install it, then get FlashDevelop (if you want, you could also just use NotePad or whatever, but I like the syntax highlightning) and you're ready to go. You need to read some articles in the language reference on haXe's website (haxe.org) to get the grip on how compiling works and some differences to ActionScript but that doesn't take long and it's so worth it.
I might've missed something awesome with haXe here but I think I covered the essentials. Bottom line is; learn haXe and you don't have to learn other web-codes. There's even talk on the mailing list about compiling to c/c++ and Java (very vaguely).