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Get into the habit of working with html5 and css 3 as much and early as possible. Call it whatever you like "icing on the cake" or "a webpage on steriods", It will enhance the look and feel of your webpages tremendously- Mohit Manuja ( Full time Trainer and Part time Web Developer at Mumbai, India) .
Handcode as much as you can initially esp. if its actionscript 3.0, practice with plain notepad for html/ css
Use Zencoding code assist plugin to code real fast
There is "no" substitute for getting trained from a Professional . Self learning, learnig from youtube vidoes should be used to support your learnings only . Self learning is always slow paced and usually doesn't follow the right order of difficulty.