That's not true. I'd say the majority of Flash coders I've met in real life are pretty awful at AS3, and they're not worth hiring. Yet, they get hired, because there's not enough Flash programmers to go around, and the theory (in marketing agencies, anyway) is that a bad Flash programmer is better than no Flash programmer at all. Beyond that, most small marketing agencies can't tell a good Flash programmer from a bad one anyway.
Knowing multiple languages well is a good indicator that you're a good Flash programmer. This is not a causation statement, merely a correlation. There are undoubtedly people who know multiple languages who suck at Flash programming. Similarly, there are definitely people who only know AS3 but are great Flash programmers. Nevertheless, in my experience, the guys who have learned multiple languages (myself included) understand the strengths and weaknesses of AS3/Flash much better, on average, than those who have only ever used AS3/Flash. In the end, though, the advantage to learning multiple languages is that you'll be better at what you do. No question. It's been common knowledge among programmers since the 1970s. On Wed, Apr 2, 2008 at 6:38 PM, Muzak <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > > > Not to mention that a programmer who knows AS3, Java, and Lisp is > > immensely more valuable than one who just knows AS3. It proves you > > have the capacity to learn, which is a very marketable trait. > > > > > > BS.. Doesn't prove a thing.. > Someone who *just* knows AS3 may have - scratch that - *has* the capacity > to learn any other language, but may never have had the need to. > > ----- Original Message ----- From: "Cory Petosky" > <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> > To: "Flash Coders List" <email@example.com> > Sent: Wednesday, April 02, 2008 11:54 PM > > Subject: Re: [Flashcoders] books for flash programming > > > > > A native English speaker, when learning German, will generally remark > > "Wow! Because of this feature in German, I now understand English a > > little better." > > > > Programming languages are the same way. Learning another > > object-oriented language will help you identify how features in > > ActionScript work (or don't work). And learning a language from > > another paradigm entirely (functional or procedural, probably) will > > help you identify weaknesses and strengths of object-oriented > > programming. > > > > Not to mention that a programmer who knows AS3, Java, and Lisp is > > immensely more valuable than one who just knows AS3. It proves you > > have the capacity to learn, which is a very marketable trait. > > > > > > > _______________________________________________ > Flashcoders mailing list > Flashcoders@chattyfig.figleaf.com > http://chattyfig.figleaf.com/mailman/listinfo/flashcoders > -- Cory Petosky : Lead Developer : PUNY 1618 Central Ave NE Suite 130 Minneapolis, MN 55413 Office: 612.216.3924 Mobile: 240.422.9652 Fax: 612.605.9216 http://www.punyentertainment.com _______________________________________________ Flashcoders mailing list Flashcoders@chattyfig.figleaf.com http://chattyfig.figleaf.com/mailman/listinfo/flashcoders