So lets get started! There are some pretty basic ground rules, or "Rules of Engagement", if you will. These are fundimental basics, like Flash pre-school.
Know your tool
Knowing your tool is the absolute most important aspect of any trade. I cant begin to tell you how many young guns come through this industry thinking they are going to make it big using Flash and honestly dont have a clue of what Flash can really do. They either see it as, "for designers to make things move", or "that cool thing I heard about in wired magazine".
When I was in college, and yes I went to college late in life, I had a professor that was easily in my top 10 list of developers. The guy was just a genius. Flash 5 was just about to be released and we were discussing it. He said he had looked at it and told me, "Flash is for designers that cant program". Needless to say a year later, he was teaching Flash development. Okay, so the moral of the story is, he glanced over Flash and made an assumption. He assumed Flash wasnt capable of data processing and things of that nature, because he didnt bother to learn the tool. You dont have to be a Flash developer to learn what it can do. You can simple ask existing Flash developers, read articles in tech magazines or sites. Read a blog, I hear they are extremely popular these days. Its a simple matter of knowledge and the information is out there and easy to access.
Rule of Engagement : Know what your tool can do before you set out to master it.
Dont Use A Crutch
Dont use tutorials as a crutch to lean on. When I was tinkering with Video Game Design, yes I tried that out as well with no success what so ever. I dont remember who said, or where I exactly I read (so to whoever said it, thank you). It simply said,
So, thats basically it in a nutshell. Follow that advice and you'll be golden. Some of it was very general and for good reason. Its a starting point, good for beginners and intermediate developers, maybe even an expert or two. Always remember, in our industry things changed daily, so always be aware of the changes.
Thats that for now, stay tuned for more in Part 2. Catch you in the forums.