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Flash with Drupal

By : Travis Tidwell, Dries Buytaert
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Flash with Drupal

By: Travis Tidwell, Dries Buytaert

Overview of this book

Due to its power and expandability, Drupal has become one of the most popular open source content management systems. At the same time, Flash has been adopted for its ability to create beautiful and dynamic web applications. By combining these technologies, you can create Flash applications that are both visually stunning and rich in content. This book is an in depth discussion and tutorial on how to integrate Flash applications with Drupal CMS. It will describe the best techniques and practices for integrating Flash technology with the power and flexibility of Drupal by building real-life Flash applications. Within this book, you will learn how to build Flash applications that show text from within Drupal and also present images, music, and video within a single Flash application. You will also be able to take advantage of the expandable fields and content filtering provided from the CCK and Views modules to add flexibility and power to your Flash applications. Finally, you will learn how to add your own custom functionality to Drupal and then utilize that from within your Flash applications leaving you with a world of possibilities. This book starts out with a simple introduction to Flash and Drupal technology where you will create a simple Flash application and then embed that within Drupal. From there, each subsequent chapter builds on the previous chapters tackling a new and challenging task. For each new task, you will take a step-by-step approach to building a real-life application that utilizes the feature introduced within that chapter. You will also explore alternative design approaches that will eliminate the current design challenges that developers face when building Flash-driven Drupal sites; and all this while staying true to the Object Oriented Principles that govern the foundation of the ActionScript 3 language. By the end of this book, you will be able to apply all the lessons learned from this book to any other use case you may encounter.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Flash with Drupal
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The User Service module

The User Service module is a Services plug-in that acts as the glue between Drupal's user management system and remote applications requiring the ability to log into our web site. Giving remote applications the power to log into our Drupal web site opens up a whole slew of possibilities, where user-specific data can be presented in a secure manner to those remote applications. Not only that, we can design our applications so that content can be added, edited, and removed from our Drupal site from a remote Flash application. Of course, this depends on whether the user logged in to our Flash application has the privileges to do such operations. We will explore this great feature by first installing and configuring the User Service.

Installing the User Service

Since we have already downloaded the Services module, we will not have to do much in this section simply because the User Service module comes pre-packaged with the Services module. Because of this, we can install...