Flash 5 Dynamic Content Studio (Designer to designer) Paperback – 1 Apr 2001
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From the Publisher
Flash 5 Dynamic Content 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 Flash as a 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, and that they are familiar with the basic relationships between web servers and web clients (browsers). It does not assume any programming knowledge. Dynamic content generation tools covered will include Flash Action Scripting, Macromedia Generator, Flash Turbine and Swift Generator. ASP, PHP and Cold Fusion.
In response to disappointment from some Mac-users friends of ED would like to stress that this book is strongly orientated around the Windows platform. We hope this book offers a comprehensive and advanced guide to injecting dynamic content into your Flash website. If you have any queries or suggestions please email email@example.com, or visit our website, friendsofed.com where you can find more information about the book.
Top Customer Reviews
All of the other FoE books I own, have a clear guide to what you are doing, how to do it and how and why it works. While I haven't read all of the book (I was most interested in the ASP and Database integration sections) I found the sections useful as long as you do not have any problems. Because the book does not describe why something is done and how it can be adapted to work with your own projects, I found it a real let down.
If you are looking to buy this book for learning Flash / database integration, I would suggest you dont.
I have only had time to look deeply into the access/asp-part, and that doesn't give the hungry one much to chew on. For my own sake, I'd liked more, more examples, more on how to pass and receive between Flash and the ASP-page.
Maybe I am just not the target audience...
This book, however, is unique. If you've never done any programming before, it has a pretty good crash course in using ActionScript as a first language and (some) OO principles. If you're a developer just wanting to know enough Flash to use ActionScript, it caters for that too. Then it gets into the meat - using just about any back-end processing you can think of - ASP, PHP, Generator, XML - wow, this is a great introduction to all these technologies, taking you to the future of Flash - as a dynamic front-end for server driven applications (ecommerce, databases etc).
One caveat - there are some silly typos in some of the source code examples, eg on page 325:
open("index2.html", "new", "width=500, height=200");
Clearly there are two missing quotation marks. As this was just a single line example in the book, it looks like they just typed it in, rather than cut-and-paste from actual code. No doubt the longer examples are from tested code, so should be OK.
Regards Jacobus van Niekerk
Thanks for the authors of the book again
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Too often, I get the feeling that authors that have been invited to contribute have simply re-worked a pre-existing project - and this all too often includes (the usual) hacks and workarounds which all of us use when faced with deadlines. Bits and pieces of Flash4 ActionScript creep in every now and again - and occassionally the authors seem to be entirely unaware of new methods introduced in Flash5 that make their workarounds obsolete (the onClipEvent for loaded data is one example - see Chapt 9 of this book to learn how to do it the *old* way).
Furthermore, the tutorials often lack focus - as though the editors can't decide where to pitch the level of instruction: so that some hard-core ActionScript is often mixed-in with superfluous detail about how to build the interface for the tutorial example.
Anyway, my advice if you really want to *learn* ActionScript for yourself - and also avoid the mistakes, hacks and workarounds that plague the Friends of Ed books - put Phillip Kerman's excellent "ActionScripting in Flash" together with Colin Moock's "ActionScript: The Definitive Guide" on your desk - you'll never look back.
I have also noticed that all the 'Friends of Ed' publications are rather repetitive of each other. If you buy the whole set of books you will see recurring examples, explanations and ideas frequently, especially in regards to the Action Scripting Topics. Again, as detailed in my review on 'Foundation Actionscripting' by Sham Bhangal in the same series, I would suspect they are selling more on appearance rather than content.
Do not even attempt to buy Dynamic Studio if you think it will help you design a fully functional dynamic Flash site. All the book will do will introduce technologies that you could use to build such a site and give brief examples on their use.
I have been using ASP to create dynamic Flash content for about a year now, and have struggled the whole way. This book makes everything a little clearer and offers you logical solutions for common procedures to help streamline your code, making life a little easier.
Great book, I highly recommend it!
Of all the current batch of books covering ActionScript, this is the one I'd recommend to anyone wanting to delve into the more advanced aspects of programming. The examples contain not only step by step descriptions, but clear explanations of the WHY of the process.
Well worth the money!
Hats off !! to all those who made this book possible as this book is goin to be there for a long time to come.