Server-Side Flash: Scripts, Databases, and Dynamic Development

Front Cover
Wiley, 2001 M07 15 - 458 pages
Server-Side Flash: Scripts, Databases, and Dynamic Development fills an important gap in the Flash book market. With the emergence of e-commerce, no Web site is complete without a back end because the back end is the virtual sales connection. Likewise, complex games are dependent on access to huge sets of data that can be sent in small packages, but getting them in and out of Flash requires knowing how the data can be generated in Flash, how it can be sent out to the servers and how it gets information back from the servers and integrates it into the ongoing game.

While every book on Flash recognizes this new capacity to some extent, none of them have really showed developers how to get the data into and out of Flash and use it effectively. Server-Side Flash gives developers the tools to fully utilize Flash's capacity to communicate with the server side of the Web. PHP/MySQL have over half a million users, ASP has at least as many, and just about every professional Web page now contains at least some JavaScript. Find out how Flash communicates with these other languages and servers with coverage of the use of Macromedia's powerful database Flash product, Generator, and put its use in context with other Flash database techniques and applications.

From inside the book


A Walk on the Server Side
A Walk on the Server Side
Browser caching of text files and SWF movies

44 other sections not shown

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2001)

William B. Sanders is a Web development expert who has written more than 35 computer books, including Flash ActionScript f/x and Design. A former developer for Apple Computer, he teaches in the Interactive Information Technology program at the University of Hartford where he works with students in developing concepts and applications for the World Wide Web. Mark Winstanley, one of today's foremost Flash developers, is president of MultiMeteor Inc., a provider of Flash consulting, training, and development services. As cofounder of, Mark works with artists and developers around the world, hosting user groups and new media conference events.

Bibliographic information