Flash Actionscript 3: Easily Jumble elements of an Array or String

Sometimes in Actionscript you need an easy way to jumble elements of an array or string, such as for a card/word game. I created this simple little as3 class that you can use for just that:

// Usage:
// yourNewString = Jumble.string(yourOldString);
// yourNewArray = Jumble.array(yourOldArray);

package com.frigidfish{

    public class Jumble {

        public function Jumble() {}

        public static function string(s:String):String {
            var a:Array = s.split("");
            var r:String = "";
            a = a.sort(randomize);
            for(var i=0;i<a.length;i++){
                r += a[i];
            return r;

        public static function array(a:Array):Array {
            a = a.sort(randomize);
            return a;

        private static function randomize(objA:Object, objB:Object):int {
            return Math.round(Math.random()*2)-1;


import com.frigidfish.Jumble;

var string:String = "abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz";
var array:Array = ["a","b","c","d","e","f","g","e"];


possible output:

This is a useful couple of tools.. Maybe you could add functions to return the output in different formats? Above all, have fun with Flash Actionscript 3!

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