XML in Flash

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Dezember 2001



Unlock the power of XML to build truly dynamic Flash applications.
  • Build dynamic Flash applications such as a news box, an interactive survey, a guestbook, real-time multi-user chats and games as you learn to use XML in Flash.
  • The example Flash applications can be taken from the CD, redesigned and used almost immediately.
  • Covers advanced topics such as server-side technologies (PHP, ASP, JSP, Perl, and ColdFusion), XMLSocket object to which facilitate "push" technology.
XML in Flash begins by teaching readers the basics of XML and the Flash XML Object. In Part I, Flash itself will be used as a learning aid, as the reader builds a Flash-based XML viewer/editor. In Part II, the reader learns how to develop applications that use static XML documents. Part III shows the reader how XML and Flash interact with the various server-side technologies (PHP, ASP, JSP, Perl, and ColdFusion) and develops several dynamic applications, including a news box, an interactive survey and a guestbook. Part V delves deeply into the XMLSocket object, which facilitates "push" technology. The reader will develop real-time multi-user chats and games that take advantage of this technology. Finally, the appendices include invaluable reference information on the XML and XMLSocket objects and frequently asked questions.
Craig Swann has contributed to several Flash titles including Flash 5 for Dummies and most recently Flash Site Workshop. Crash!Media - founded by Craig - is an award winning Flash design house and has developed Flash work for Intel, Coca-Cola, Gemini Awards, and the Excite@Home Network.
Gregg Caines is a freelance Web applications developer and programmer who has been working in the industry since 1994. Gregg has a strong programming background, holding a degree in Computer Science, and is an avid contributor to the Flash developer community.


(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with Summary and So What's Next? Section.) Introduction. I. INTRODUCTION TO XML IN FLASH. 1. An Overview of XML in Flash. What Is XML? Why XML? What Can Flash and XML Accomplish Together? 2. The Details of XML. The Basics. A Familiar XML Document Type: XHTML. 3. Getting Your Feet Wet. Importing XML into Flash. The Basics of Flash's XML Object. 4. Using XML Data in Flash. Whitespace, Thine Enemy. Rewriting the toString() Method. Creating a Custom toHTML() Method. A Graphical Representation of XML in Flash. Interactive Display of XML In Flash. II. FLASH AND DYNAMIC XML. 5. Importing Dynamically Created XML Documents. Server-Side Integration. Web Server Integration Methods. A Simple Flash/XML aHello World" Example. Creating a Directory Tree. 6. Creating XML Documents in Flash to Send to the Server. Transmitting Data from Flash to the Server. Creating a Dynamic News Box or Web Log. Importing Dynamically Created XML from the Server. 7. XML/Flash with Database Connectivity. Structuring Your Data. Structuring the Flash File. Becoming a Member of a Message Board. 8. Performance and Optimization. Performance Problems. loadVariables() Versus XML.load(): The Cage Match. Whitespace Handling. III. FLASH AND THE XML SOCKET. 9. Introduction to the XML Socket. The Purpose of the XML Socket. XML Socket Advantages. XMLSocket Difficulties. 10. Socket to Me! Connecting to the Socket Server. Socket Event Handlers. Creating a Simple XML Server. Creating the Server in Java. 11. Creating a Multiuser Chat Application. Establishing a Protocol: Let's Play Client and Server. Examining the Flash/Server Protocol Via a Telnet Connection. Deconstructing the Flash Client. Meanwhile, on the Server Side... IV. Appendixes. Appendix A. The XML and XMLNode Objects. Methods of the XML and XMLNode Objects. Properties of the XML and XMLNode Objects. Collections for the XML and XMLNode Objects. XML() (Constructor for the XML Object Prototype). XML.appendChild (also XMLNode.appendChild). XMLNode.attributes. XML.childNodes (also XMLNode.childnodes). XML.cloneNode() (also XMLNode.cloneNode()). XML.contentType. XML.createElement (also XMLNode.createElement). XML.createTextNode (also XMLNode.createTextNode). XML.docTypeDecl. XML.firstChild (also XMLNode.firstChild). XML.ignoreWhite. XML.hasChildNodes() (also XMLNode.hasChildNodes()). XML.insertBefore() (also XMLNode.insertBefore()). XML.lastChild (also XMLNode.lastChild). XML.load(). XML.loaded. XMLNode.nextSibling. XMLNode.nodeName. XMLNode.nodeType. XMLNode.nodeValue. XML.onData(). XML.onLoad(). XMLNode.parentNode. XML.parseXML(). XMLNode.previousSibling. XMLNode.removeNode(). XML.send(). XML.sendAndLoad(). XML.status. XML.toString() (also XMLNode.toString()). XML.xmlDecl. Appendix B. The XMLSocket Object. Methods and Properties of XMLSocket. XMLSocket() (Constructor, Not Object). XMLSocket.close(). XMLSocket.connect(). XMLSocket.onClose(). XMLSocket.onConnect(). XMLSocket.onXML(). XMLSocket.onData(). XMLSocket.send(). Appendix C. FAQ. Appendix D. Resources. Flash Resources. XML Resources. ASP/XML: Resources. PHP/XML Resources. Socket Servers. Index.


Craig Swann has been an active member of the Flash community since it's early days and formed CRASH!MEDIA in 1997 as a way to express and explore this non-linear and interactive digital landscape. CRASH!MEDIA is a Toronto-based Interactive Design Agency that specializes in integrating fresh ideas with cutting edge technology. CRASH!MEDIA has worked on a wide range of Flash projects for the following companies: Coca-Cola, Intel, Alliance Atlantis, YTV, General Mills, University of Toronto, The Canadian Gemini Awards, MGI Software and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. As well as creating Flash rich-media ads for the Excite @ Home Network, Last year, CRASH!MEDIA's Flash site received the Best National/International Design award at the South by Southwest Interactive festival, and so far this year has received the coveted Macromedia Site of the Week Award. CRASH!MEDIA is currently extending into new wireless markets, creating wireless applications for Flash enabled devices including PocketPC, set-top boxes and PDA's. Gregg Caines has been a freelance Web developer for a number of years, pinch-hitting for a number of big name companies including RaceFace, Durex, Aramark, and Crash!Media. His specialties are Flash, ASP, and PHP, but he enjoys tackling new languages and technologies just as much. When he's not downing cola's and hacking out web apps, he enjoys snowboarding, punk rock, and long walks on the beach.
EAN: 9780672323157
ISBN: 067232315X
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: SAMS
Erscheinungsdatum: Dezember 2001
Seitenanzahl: 400 Seiten
Format: Sonstige Merchandise-Artikel
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