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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 3. Flash and CCK

We have built a "Hello World" application, and understood how Flash extracts data from our Drupal installation; our next task will be addition of content in our Flash application using Drupal's Content Construction Kit, also known as CCK.

The CCK module allows you to add custom content types and data fields to your Drupal web site, which can then be utilized to create a more customized Flash application. In this chapter, we will go over all the technical aspects of Flash and CCK by walking through a real-life example of building a Flash widget that shows recipes for a cooking web site. Here is what we will cover in this chapter:

  • Overview of a typical recipe web site

  • Installing and understanding Drupal's Content Construction Kit

  • Creating a custom Recipe content type for your Flash application

  • Adding custom fields to the Recipe content type

  • Building a Flash application that uses data from CCK

  • Adding ScrollBars to Flash CCK TextFields

  • Creating a Drupal node template for Flash...