Macromedia Flash MX 2004 Professional for Server Geeks is written specifically for web developers who want to learn how to use Flash to augment their web applications. Flash development and programming procedures come alive through the creation of sample widgets and visual interfaces, all of which exhibit some kind of integration with your server.
Why learn about Flash first and data integration later? This book teaches you both at the same time. Every example in this book includes both server-side and client-side code that work together to present your data in a rich and interactive fashion. The examples include scrolling interfaces, data collectors, animated bar charts, real-time data displays, and more.
In each case, separate versions of the server-side code are provided for ColdFusion, ASP.NET, and Java developers. Next, the client-side code is presented and explained thoroughly, with extensive notes and cross-references to Macromedia's own documentation.
Key concepts covered include:
- Integrating client-side Flash interfaces with ColdFusion, ASP.NET, and Java-based servers
- Exchanging data between client and server via plain text or XML
- Calling server-side methods with Flash Remoting or Web Services
- Maintaining and sharing state amongst Flash interfaces and Web sessions
- Programming with Flash's new object-oriented scripting language, ActionScript 2.0
- Using Flash to build sweet forms that pick up where HTML left off
- Connecting recordsets to visual controls with Flash's new databinding features
- Other new features in Flash MX 2004 Professional, such as the new screen-based authoring mode (created for geeks just like us!)
Nate Weiss is a long-time web application developer, known primarily for his work with ColdFusion. He wrote Server Geeks to answer the key questions he grappled with as he began developing dynamic web applications with Flash.