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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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Creating a Voter class in ActionScript

Our next task is to build the ActionScript class that will drive the functionality of the voter that we just created within Flash. We can do this by simply creating a new ActionScript file within our chapter12 directory called and then starting it off by declaring the class as follows:

// Import all dependencies
import flash.display.MovieClip;
// Declare our Voter class.
public class Voter extends MovieClip
// The Voter constructor.
public function Voter()
// Declare all of our child movie clips
public var votes:MovieClip;
public var vote:MovieClip;
public var uservote:MovieClip;
public var voting:MovieClip;

We can now move on to initializing our voter.

Initializing the voter

The first thing that we will do to initialize our voter is add an operation mode for the voter. As discussed earlier, our voter can either be a user voter, which will allow each user to see or cast his or her own votes, or it will be a simple...