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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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Chapter 12. Build a Drupal Five-star Voter in Flash

Although this is the final chapter in this book, you can expect anything but the typical "sum-it-all-up" theme from this chapter. Of course, we will utilize all the core lessons learned from previous chapters and add onto that knowledge by building our very own custom Drupal Service that will allow customized interaction between Flash and Drupal. This information is vital for any web site that wishes to create its own server tasks and make those services available for external web applications. Once we learn how to build a custom service, we can then apply that knowledge to interface with any subsystem within Drupal (voting, shopping carts, and so on).

Instead of discussing the necessary techniques involved to perform such feats, we will walk through the evolution of a real Flash application that requires its own custom service routine. We will do this by building our very own Flash-driven five-star voter that has the ability to rate content...