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Flash 9 and AS3 provide a lot of nice structure that Flash 8 and AS2 lacked. Instead of just MovieClip and TextField, we have a whole hierarchy of DisplayObject derivatives, including MovieClip and TextField. Most AS3 programmers know that Sprite is a more efficient class than MovieClip and have grown to use them when animation is not required. However, I find that very few AS3 programmers ever use some of the other, more obscure DisplayObject derivatives. Today I’ll talk a little about one of them: Shape.

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