I want to build a Flash App and have no idea where to start. I’m a bit ADD about things so I’m looking for pointers or tips on where to get started and how to progress. Which solutions have worked for you?
I am about an Intermediate Flash developer. But I’ve been doing Java/C#/XML/DB programming for years. Just need some help focusing so I can put all the pieces together.
how to write basic functions
basic understanding of buttons
…and more depending on the complexity of what your doing
check and post to the forums for individual scripting questions, or create a clearer messege for others to follow so they can help you out better,
sorry if this was to complex/hard to understand
Thanks for the reply. I think, however, I didn’t word my question correctly. I can and have developed basic websites in Flash, but I’ve never tried to create an application with Flash as my front end (they’ve all been straight forward web pages). Say I have a webservice written in c# that will serve up xml via an aspx page. How do I get Flash to communicate with my webservice? Is this the best solution or are there simpler ways to achieve a database driven application? From what I gather, most people are using mysql databases and are communicating with the database using php, but how scalable is that as a solution? I’ve never used either. Ideas?
flash by itself has the inherent capabilities to use communication technology, but I have to say they are not so easy to use. say you need to create a data process with certain defined states in it…which would use XML driven through the actionscript. You’d need an input state–A send state–A wait state–and lastly an output state. Say you start with your input state–it can be a flash form where the client-side would type, or basically any given number of variables that have the capability of being “sent” out of flash…(say a request for time/day…or any string value, or set name value saved to your root folder). You’d then continue on to your “Send” state…this is where the input data has been set or retrieved–and it’s at this moment where your going to tell that data where to go–i.e–your c# scripts/XML sockets…
assosiative scripts for the send state:
------these are the basic scripts to get you through the send state-------
next up is the wait state…
now is the tricky part, basiacally you need to create a state that tells the computer(i.e. tells your flash movie) that there is something going on, say a short loading clip, or somoething amusing to keep the user occupying your web site happy while what he/she requests is being sent from your web server. it is best to create a terminal tag, this is a name/value pair that is stuffed into the download data to indicate the end of the data string. with this terminal tag in place you can then set up your loop to test for the finished download, and thusly float smoothly into your last state.
---------------scripts to check out--------
keep in mind that LoadVars(); doesn’t require the use of a terminal tag, and is the easiest way to get up and going*
The OutPut state…
This is the state when all your hard work finally pays off and you sit back and smirk at all the trial and error that finally got you here,
this is the last and final state–this displays the content that the user needed so desperately to have, and now you’ve done it, you’ve made yourself happy, and you’ve also made the user happy, and in web and programming it is a very selfless art, where all pride and joy comes from others having fun using what you’ve ripped the last of your hair out to accomplis–
----I hope that was helpful