Flash MX Application And Interface Design

Data delivery, navigation, and fun in Flash MX, XML, and PHP

Authors: McDonald, C., Prudence, P., YardFace, G., Aylward, P., Rhodes, F., Shepherd, R., Jokol, K.

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The days of Flash as a creative luxury are long gone. After months of downsizing, Flash creativity has been on a huge rationalization program. It is no longer enough to present animation in millions of colors and a hundred transparencies. It is no longer sufficient to provide interactivity and dynamism for their own sake.

The purpose of this collection is to show how designers have taken Flash and made it work for its supper. What we discover is a series of creations that place Flash at the hub of cutting edge web content.

The end result is a snapshot of Flash as the ideal medium.

In these amazing examples, we see the software pushed to its limits to create unbeatable applications—a collapsible family tree, an interactive video learning system, and a drawing tool, capable of running online!

Beyond this, we dip into the back-end capabilities to look at how to improve Flash still further. Some staple XML and PHP routines are brought in to add a bit of spice, while Flash's mysterious sharedObject command is hunted down and tamed to create a hybrid Tamagotchi houseplant—perfectly suited to lure surfers back to your website!

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Connor McDonald has worked with Oracle since the early 1990s, cutting his teeth on Oracle versions 6.0.36 and 7.0.12. Over the past 11 years, Connor has worked with systems in Australia, the U.K., southeast Asia, western Europe, and the United States. He has come to realize that although the systems and methodologies around the world are very diverse, there tend to be two common themes in the development of systems running on Oracle: either to steer away from the Oracle-specific functions or to use them in a haphazard or less-than-optimal fashion. It was this observation that led to the creation of a personal hints and tips website (http://www.OracleDBA.co.uk) and more, presenting on the Oracle speaker circuit in an endeavor to improve the perception and usage of PL/SQL in the industry.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Designing Preloaders

    Aylward, Pete (et al.)

    Pages 1-24

  • Creating Interfaces with the Drawing API

    Aylward, Pete (et al.)

    Pages 25-44

  • Real Feel Interfaces

    Aylward, Pete (et al.)

    Pages 45-72

  • A Flash Family Tree

    Aylward, Pete (et al.)

    Pages 73-102

  • Making XML Work for Your Interface

    Aylward, Pete (et al.)

    Pages 103-134

Buy this book

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Softcover $49.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-59059-158-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Flash MX Application And Interface Design
Book Subtitle
Data delivery, navigation, and fun in Flash MX, XML, and PHP
Authors
Copyright
2002
Publisher
Apress
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-4302-5217-7
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4302-5217-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-59059-158-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 256
Number of Illustrations and Tables
50 b/w illustrations, 886 illustrations in colour
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