Flash 5 Dynamic Content Studio

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Flash movies—the ones that play and then, well...stop—are all well and good. They are great as platforms for cartoonists and motion type artists to showcase their stuff. But it's the non-interactive and uninterruptable aspect of these Flash events that has led to some serious underestimations of the power of Flash. All you need to do to begin creating the cutting-edge Flash web-sites of the future is learn how to get the most out of ActionScripting, how to hook up your Flash movie with client/server coding and begin working with a back-end database.

And it really is that easy! Suddenly, the world of true Flash functionality is at your fingertips.

Flash 5 Dynamic Content Studio is written by a collective of Flash 5 experts who will show you everything you need to know to upgrade your Flash 5 knowledge to Flash 5 expertise. Assuming a basic knowledge of Flash, the book gives you a thorough grounding in ActionScripting techniques, teaches you the basics of a myriad of scripting languages and their Flash interaction capabilities, discusses and implements client-side/server-side interaction, explains the middleware that can make your life considerably easier (Ultradev, Generator, Swift Generator, ASP Turbine), and demonstrates database interaction and usability (Access, SQL, and MYSQL).

To conclude this admittedly tough but not prohibitive learning curve, the book walks you through a selection of fairly generic real world case studies, using Flash with middleware and database connectivity, demonstrating how these elements come together to give you truly dynamic, interactive Flash sites. This book is about visual richness and utility. This Web business is getting beautiful, and Flash is getting useful.

What you’ll learnWho this book is for

Flash 5 Dynamic Content Studio addresses the growing market of web artists under pressure to learn the finer points of interactive design with Flash 5. This book demonstrates the best tools for integrating dynamic content using a Flash front-end. Readers will see how to link Flash movies, via a middleware bridge, through to a back-end datastores (images and/or text).

This book assumes that the reader already knows the fundamentals of creating Flash movies, but doesn't assume any programming knowledge at all. The book covers ActionScripting, (of course!), ASP, PHP, JSP, Perl, CGI, Cold Fusion, Macromedia Generator, ASP Turbine, Swift Generator, and Macromedia Ultradev.

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Contents

is functions 467
More PHP 477
Flash integration 485
Further reading 498
Creating a Contact Us Flash form with ColdFusion 607
Introducing Macromedia Generator 617
Generator by Example 653
Introducing ASP Flash Turbine 5 0 715
Scripting with ASP Flash Turbine
Converting database tables to Turbine DataSets
TNN Turbine Network News
Introduction to Dreamweaver UltraDev
Integrating UltraDev with Flash
Introducing Databases
Relational or flatfile?
Flash Access and ASP 921

Creating Flash Turbine templates
Using dynamic content
Structured content access
Databases Another Way 951
Flash and XML 997
Copyright

About the author (2001)

Darin Beard has been working with Web-based technology for almost a decade. As both a graphic designer and software developer, Darin has a unique perspective on the process of creating Web-based applications. He has experience in technology and software ranging from Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to ASP, ASP.NET, HTML, PHP, JavaScript, and VBScript to Macromedia Flash to Microsoft SQL Server. His range of experience is extremely beneficial when working with Flash because he can approach a Flash project from both the graphical (design) and technical (code) perspectives. Clients Darin has worked with include Hillwood, American Medical Response, Canon, American Airlines Center, Fellowship Church, RightNow.org, RenderAid.com, BlueFishTV, and others. Darin currently lives in Dallas, Texas, with his wife of 12 years and his three children. He can be reached at darin.beard@sitetoolset.com.

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