Constants

Constants are a special kind of variable, store a value that never changes during the course of the program.
The syntax to create a Constant is:
const CONSTANT_NAME:DataType = value;
- "const" is the special keyword, reserved to define a constant.
As you can see, this syntax looks a lot like a variable declaration but with the var keyword replaced with "const".
Most programmers use all caps for the name of the constants to differentiate them from variables.
  - Example (we define two constants and output their value):
const BROTHER:String = 'Victor';
const BROTHER_AGE:uint = 33;

// output with "trace()" the value of these constants
trace(BROTHER+ ' - '+ BROTHER_AGE);     // in the Output panel will display:  Victor - 33
If you try to change the value of a constant, you get an error messages.

Operators

Operators are special symbols used to take one, two or more operands (values, variables, expresions) and return a value.
For example, the most known operators are: + (addition), and - (subtraction).
The operators can be used to change, combine and evaluate data in a script.
Operators can be divided into multiple groups:

Arithmetic operators

When there's more than one arithmetic operator, the execution follows the arithmetic rules (will first execute multiplication, division or modulo, and then addition and subtraction, if you use Parentheses, their code will be evaluated first before moving on to other operations).
  - Example:
var num:Number = 3 + 4 * 5;         // result 23
var num:Number = (3 + 4) * 5;       // result 35

The "+" operator can also be used to join (concatenate) strings.
  - Example:
var str:String = 'ActionScript course ';
var str2:String = str + 'coursesweb.net';

trace(str2);          // ActionScript course coursesweb.net

Increment (++) and decrement ( – – )

Increment (++) and decrement ( – – ) operators are used to add or substract 1 from a number. They require only one argument:
 
var num:Number = 15;
num++;         // 16
num--;         // 15

Compound arithmetic operators

The compound arithmetic operators provide a shorthand solution to performing arithmetic on numbers.

Relational and equality operators

Relational and equality operators are used to compare two values and return true or false. - the (=) operator is an assignment operator, assigns a value to a variable (e.g.   var a_name = 'value';).

Logical operators

The logical operators are used to compare multiple comparative statement.
Here is an example with some of the elements presented in this lesson (see the comments in code):
  1. Open a new Flash document (ActionScript 3.0), right-click on Frame 1 and choose "Actions".
  2. Add the following code in the "Actions panel":
    const SHAPE:String = 'square';     // declare a constant
    
    // declare 2 variables
    var side:int = 8;
    var measure:String = ' pixels';
    
    // apply operators to "side" variable
    side += 3;     // equivalent to: latura = latura + 3;
    side--;
    
    // If "side" is greater than 8, apply "trace()"
    if(side > 8) { trace(SHAPE+ ' - '+ side+ measure); }
    
  3. Press "Ctrl+Enter" and see the result in the "Output panel".
    - Displays: square - 10 pixels
- If the expression inside the parenthese of "if()" statement is true, the program executes the code between its curly brackets.

Daily Test with Code Example

HTML
CSS
JavaScript
PHP-MySQL
Click on the HTML tag which creates an horizontal line in web page.
<br /> <em> <hr />
Some content ...
<hr />
Content under line ...
Which CSS property defines the text color?
font-style font-variant color
h2 {
  color: #cbdafb;
}
Click on the function which searches if a character, or text exists in a string.
indexOf() toString() split()
var str = "Web courses - http://CoursesWeb.net/";
if(str.indexOf("http://") == -1) alert("http:// isn`t in string");
else alert("http:// is in string");
Which function splits a string into an array of strings based on a separator?
array_merge() explode() implode()
$str = "apple,banana,melon,pear";
$arr = explode(",", $str);
var_export($arr);      // array (0=>"apple", 1=>"banana", 2=>"melon", 3=>"pear")
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