Components are prebuilt Flash elements that you can use when creating Flash applications. Components include user interface controls, data access and connectivity mechanisms, and media-related elements. Components save you work when building a Flash application by providing you with elements and behavior that you would need to create from scratch otherwise.
This chapter contains a tutorial that shows you how to build a Flash application using components that are available in Flash Professional. You will learn how to work with components in the Flash authoring environment and also learn how to make them interactive with ActionScript code.