If things did not move on we would still have a MAC Plus with 20mb harddrive. You are complaining about progress. Without all the programing languages you could not be able to even create an image using Photoshop. You don't have to use AS3. It is a matter of choice, but there are many people who are happy about AS3 and its advantages and possibilities it opens. Eventhandling is just one example. In the past you had to use extensive scripts for example to make sure an image is loaded. Now it is one simple line.