Hi. Thanks for picking up this book. I'm sure you're looking at lots of other Flash books right now, trying to choose the one that's right for you. If you are a Web developer that knows lots about application development but little about Flash, then I hope you'll give this book some serious consideration. I wrote it with you in mind.
If you look at the other Flash books available right now, I think you'll find that most of them either:
- Teach you Flash from the ground up, but with the assumption that you are mostly interested in using it for design and animation; or:
- Assume that you're already a Flash designer that now wants to learn more about scripting and server integration.
This book tries to be different. The idea here is to teach you how to work with Flash as a web development tool right from the start. There is no assumption that you have ever used Flash before. Yet you get to skip straight to what most other books consider the "advanced" material: communicating with servers, exchanging data, XML, support for Web Services, and more.
Every Flash example in this book interacts with code on your application server (and almost every one interacts with a database using standard SQL). Each of the server-side code examples is provided in not one but three different forms:
- ColdFusion MX (the examples are implemented as .cfm or .cfc files)
- Microsoft ASP.NET (the examples are implemented as .aspx or .asmx files)
- Java / J2EE (most examples are implemented as JSP pages, which you can adapt for use in Servlets, Enterprise JavaBeans, or whatever you prefer)
Take a look inside. Skim through the code examples and glance at some of the screenshots. If you're an experienced developer that uses ColdFusion, .NET, or Java to build your web-based applications, then this book may be exactly what you are looking for. Good luck in any case, and have fun.