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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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Adding content to Drupal from Flash

Now that we have our new node editor ready to go in Flash, we are ready to add new data to our Drupal web site using this Flash application. We will start by opening up our file, where we will hook up all the business logic that will govern our new node submit form.

Adding tab functionality

Because we added our tabs to our node editor, we will need to create the business logic that will hide and show certain elements when these tabs are clicked. But first, we will need to add event handlers to each tab so that we can handle each state (normal, hover, and selected). We can add the most flexibility by iterating through all of the children within the tabs movie clip and then adding all the handlers we need on all tabs within our tabs movie clip. By doing this, we can easily add new tabs without having to modify our file every time.

// The current user.
var user:Object = null;
// Instantiate our tabs.
var i:Number = tabs.numChildren;