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Flash 5 Dynamic Content Studio (Designer to designer) Paperback – 1 Apr 2001

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  • Paperback: 1174 pages
  • Publisher: friends of ED Ltd; Pap/Cdr edition (1 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903450063
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903450062
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 19.1 x 5.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,631,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 feedback@friendsofed.com, or visit our website, friendsofed.com where you can find more information about the book.

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I bought this book on the strength of the other Friends of Ed books I already have.
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.
The Chapters I read seem to be more like an instruction manual rather than an educational or reference book. There is no help at all with the JavaScript integration Toolkit. The book just tells you to do X, Y and Z but not WHY or HOW IT WORKS! I realise that the author can't write everything but should have gone into greater details with this section. After looking on the FoE website and Forums for assistance I have found that I am not in the minority with the problems I have faced.
If you are looking to buy this book for learning Flash / database integration, I would suggest you dont.
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This book didn't exactly meet MY needs, but that said, it's a very broad one. It covers different topics, like PHP, ASP, Access Database, MY SQL, elementary Flash-ing (on the fly, but still), etc.
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...
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By CMB TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 2 Nov. 2001
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There's loads of books on Flash - most aimed at designers (read arty types). There's some books on ActionScript (eg O'Reilly's) that are a combination of a very long winded introduction to programming (the assumption being that Flash users are designers and not developers) followed by over-wordy holding-hands introduction to putting ActionScript to work.
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.
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I started with this book and was amazed at how easy "Friends of Ed" made flash action script. It answered all by questions about asp, php, generator and a lot more. I am designer myself and this book was great a help to me. I'll keep it next to my desk now for reference. BUY IT NOW, you will use this book a lot.
Regards Jacobus van Niekerk
Thanks for the authors of the book again
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9af7ebd0) out of 5 stars 19 reviews
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c7e1630) out of 5 stars Inconsistent ActionScript plagues series 13 Jun. 2001
By Fia Svensson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
While the idea behind the Friends of Ed series is admirable and useful - that is, to cover the broad and expansive areas of Flash development that are not so well documented elsewhere - the books so far have been spoiled by the inconsistent quality of their ActionScript.
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.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c7e1684) out of 5 stars General guide to Dynamic Flash Sites 21 Jun. 2001
By Mr. S. Essex - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Content Studio would be a good book if it went into more depth on the topics detailed inside. Dynamic Studio tries to do too much. You will find that the book will give you a general understanding of a topic but this will then need to be followed up with some more detailed research (which to me defeats the purpose of buying the book in the first place!).
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.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bb09678) out of 5 stars Strengths in Design? This is the book for you 9 May 2001
By RP - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am a graphic/web designer by design. Programming of any type is a struggle for me. Just as I started getting Flash 4 ActionScripting down pat they went and changed the syntax on me. Ive been through the whole collection of "Friends Of Ed" books yet none have been as clear and easy to understand as Dynamic Content Studio. This book covers all the important topics in a way that makes it easy for the logically challenged, such as myself, to understand. The examples are, for the most part, simple but offer a lot in the way of showing you what can be done and how to do it.
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!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c7e190c) out of 5 stars Forget the other books...buy THIS! 14 May 2001
By L Joyce Croker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Since I teach Flash, I buy most of the Flash how-to books the minute they're published.
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!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c7e1b4c) out of 5 stars Amazin' book for Dynamic Flash 10 May 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is one of the best books you would ever find on dynamic flash that is if you find any other book on that topic.First there are very limited books on individual topics like generator or asp-flash but this books goes a step ahead and collaborates all the aspects of dynamic studio .chapters like ultradev,generator,asp-flash and Flash-turbine .A must read for all those people who are interested in making dynamic websites.They should refer to this book as it would make their work very easy.The book starts off by taking into consideration that the reader is a beginer and then graduates to more advanced topics.
Hats off !! to all those who made this book possible as this book is goin to be there for a long time to come.
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