Foundation Php for Flash (英語) ペーパーバック – 2001/9
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PHP and Flash were made for one another.
Sure, Flash can impress us solo, but to create a changing, adapting Flash web site, you need to add some power behind the scenes, and put simply, PHP is the free and easy way to do it. With a list of functions as long a piece of string, there's always going to be something there to add dynamic sparkle to your Flash sites, and this book is your diving board into the sea of possibilities server-side scripting offers.
Foundation PHP for Flash will part that sea, and escort you through at your own speed.
This book is aimed at designers, and specifically Flash designers, although my main aim is to teach you PHP in a friendly and designer-focused way. For that reason I've assumed for the purpose of the case studies that you'll know the basics of Flash and will be learning PHP to improve your Flash sites, but whether you're a Flash master or a novice, I'll nevertheless fully explain the Flash that we use throughout the book.
I believe in simplicity so here's what we'll cover in each chapter:
The basics of a particular aspect of PHP scripting
A powerful reusable and adaptable Flash-integrated case study
The emphasis here is not on teaching you a ton of theory and then leaving you to figure out how to get some use from it, but rather to show you how PHP can make your life as a Flash designer better and easier.
I'll show you from start to finish what PHP is all about and, more importantly, how to use in increasingly exciting web applications. Throughout each chapter we'll be working through simple code examples, working towards building everything your site could possible need, from registration and login movies, to a full Flash forum - a grand total of 12 full sample applications.
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Apache, PHP, Database(MySQL), Flashを連携させて動的なサイトを構成するためのノウハウが0から(プログラム未経験者の為の解説も含めて)、各ソフトのインストールから具体的な構成、コーディング例まで取り上げられています。
That said, "PHP for Flash" does an excellent job of gearing it's perspective toward Flash developers with little to no experience in PHP. You're expected to know a little ActionScript, and if you do, PHP is very easy to pick up. They're very, very close in style and function.
Each chapter contains a project that integrates a simple Flash movie with PHP, whether it's a mailing list, an email form, a forum, a message board, a login/password app, etc.
But let's be clear about this book's purpose >> This is NOT a book to pick up if you're looking for new creative ideas in Flash. It IS a great book if you already have ideas, and want to empower them with everything PHP has to offer.
It may sound odd, but "PHP for Flash" is not a recommended book if you want to learn PHP, or even Flash and/or ActionScript. Other books, like "PHP and MySQL Web Development" and Colin Moock's "ActionScript: The Definitive Guide" are much better suited for a more well-rounded study of the aforementioned.
"PHP for Flash" is quite valuable however, for it fills the void between the two -- the glue that marries PHP and ActionScript together. You may know ActionScript, or even PHP, but unless you know how to create a manager between the two that both Flash and PHP can understand, you're lost.
This book gives great information about how Flash passes variables to PHP, and vice-versa, that you can't find in any other book. That alone makes "PHP for Flash" essential to making PHP and Flash work together.
And one more thing >> I mentioned MySQL earlier. The first chapter in the book shows a pretty powerful example of Flash married with PHP/MySQL. But MySQL isn't picked up again until the last two chapters of the book. Everything inbetween is PHP and Flash only.
That's great for novices, for you can get your feet wet with PHP first, and then see later how the addition of MySQL can really take you projects higher.
If you want to make your Flash sites more intuitive, intelligent, and responsive to user input, by all means pick this up.
My expectations were a book highlighting how to blend PHP and Flash. To some extent I guess the book does that. But unfortunately there just isn't alot to it. It equates to about two lines of text: "Export variable to PHP, Import variable to Flash" - of course with the slightly more technical explanation to make it work.
If you are looking for the technical "know-how" of how to make PHP and Flash talk you would be better served searching the net. About 15 - 20 minutes of research and you will be able to cull the total technical information offered in this book.
If you know zilch about programming, and want to see some cute examples of how you might use this - enjoy!
The author, Steve Webster, does a great work of explaining how everything works, so that I was able to have most of the examples up and running within one hour of getting this book! He also responded to my emails promptly and answered all questions I had. Thank you Steve!
If you want to learn about Flash and the sever side of things--get this book. It will save you HOURS of frustration, and it will make you better looking too (just joking)! But seriously folks, this book is a gem. I give it 5 out of 5 stars!