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Instance names and code hinting – Tips & Tricks

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

code_hintingWhen coding in actionscript sometimes it can be a pain that you don't get code hinting with objects that are on stage. A good way of overcoming this is to change the instance names of your objects (Movie Clips, Buttons, etc.) to have an underscore "_" then the abbreviated name of that object at the end of the name.

For example, you may have a movie clip on stage called myMovieClip. Change the instance name to have an _mc at the end (myMovieClip_mc), and now in your actions panel type myMovieClip_mc and press period. You will now see all the code hinting for a movie clip popup (see image). This can save a whole heap of time when coding.

Here is a list of the different shortcuts that you can use to bring up the code hinting. Some of these are for AS2 but the rest will work with AS3.

Object type Variable suffix
Array _array
Button _btn
Camera _cam
Color _color
ContextMenu _cm
ContextMenuItem _cmi
Date _date
Error _err
LoadVars _lv
LocalConnection _lc
Microphone _mic
MovieClip _mc
MovieClipLoader _mcl
PrintJob _pj
NetConnection _nc
NetStream _ns
SharedObject _so
Sound _sound
String _str
TextField _txt
TextFormat _fmt
Video _video
XML _xml
XMLNode _xmlnode
XMLSocket _xmlsocket

I find that using this technique saves me a whole heap of time when programming.