How to Get Started Developing MMO Flash Games
You will need a few programs to get started with development of multiplayer online flash games. When it comes down to it you're going to need programs that will allow you to do three things: right action script three code, right and compile C sharp code, and create/manage the graphical assets of your game. The programs that I have. Although there are others, the programs below are what I have found to be to work best for this type of development.
Flash builder –this is an action script three code editor created by Adobe. Build off of eclipse, it has the same look and feel, and it has many of the same features you loved from eclipse (if you have use that) to say like package Explorer, syntax highlighting hinting, code generation , and other time saving keyboard shortcuts.
How to get it – since it is part of the Adobe creative cloud creative suite, I would recommend using flash builder as part of the creative cloud membership. This makes it really easy to install any updates and, and it won't cost you a lot upfront.
Free alternatives – although I highly recommend flash builder as your action script three code editor, there are plenty of other programs that support this language.Sublime text to and Notepad plus plus our simple editors for modifying files with syntax highlighting and some code hinting. Although it won't give you error-checking and does not have a compiler, you can use it for basic modification of a S3 files before you upgrade to a nicer IDE. The program until Jay is also a fruit is a free IDE that also supports action script three. Unlike subline and Notepad plus plus, you can put the flash compiler into an Taljay to do your development to run your project from intelligent. You can also get a free trial version of flash builder 430 days from Adobe's website.
visual studio ultimate – this is my preferred development environment for writing C #code. The language C-sharp in support of the.net framework and owned by Microsoft so (see as you might find from searching yourself) there really aren't any other editors for writing C-sharp besides Visual Studio. For mac computers there is monodevelop, but I was unable to run the development server successfully and test flash applications so I don't consider it a viable option.
How to get it – you can download Microsoft Visual Studio from their website on the link here. There are a few options for the type of Visual Studio that you can get, but the one that I recommend is Visual Studio ultimate edition.
Real turnips – as I said earlier, C-sharp E Staley controlled by Microsoft so you won't find many print to see if any) to see other editors for C-sharp. Luckily, Microsoft does put out a free, basic version of Visual Studio. It's time to start out with this one, but once you see Visual Studio ultimate I'm pretty sure you'll never look back.
Flash professional – in order to open the FLA files included in these projects, you're going to need some version of flash professional. This program allows you to create and edit different graphical assets (to see movie clips, sprites…) To see for your game or application.Not only does the library featuring in flash Fessional allow you to see you all your graphics and sounds in and organize list, but it is also the bridge between graphics and code. By linking a document class to your FLA project your code will be able to reference the different display objects in your flash professional library. Even if you consider yourself strictly a programmer and don't do any animation on the flash timeline, flash professional is still a must-have program in my opinion.
How to get it – like flash builder, flash professional is also one of the programs in the creative suite. This means that you have access to it if you have a creative cloud membership. You can also get the trial version for limited time from the Adobe website. If you don't feel like paying for the newest version and your trial ran out, you could always try looking for an older version of flash professional. Most of these tutorials should work with versions as early as flash Pro CS three. Although I would never endorse doing illegal things like pirating and cracking software, I will acknowledge that it is possible. However the best development environment is one with all legit programs that you can use safely and comfortably.
VMware fusion (to see for Mac users) C – you might notice that Visual Studio is a Windows only program. Although some people forums have had success using mono develop and Mac programs, I prefer to simply work in a virtual windows instance. My favorite program for running virtual machines is VMware fusion. This program is not free, but I'm sure you'll find a way to run Windows if you really need to.