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Generator and Flash Demystified [Paperback]

Phillip Torrone , Chris Wiggins , Mike Chambers
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May 23 2001
Flash developers Phillip Torrone and Chris Wiggins lead students of Web development and design through the basics of using Flash and Generator together, then move on to discuss important strategy tips and troubleshooting techniques. Students learn how to use both tools to deliver streamlined, dynamic, data-driven Web graphics. Students will familiarize themselves with the Generator development interface, objects and properties, how to work with data sources, how to use Generator in a team environment, and how Generator is used by Flash designers for maximum effect.
If you’re a professional who uses Macromedia Flash to design or develop Web content, chances are Macromedia Generator should be part of your tool kit, if it isn’t already. Flash and Generator Demystified is a must-have reference that gives designers and developers alike everything they need to produce and deliver dynamically generated Flash movies using Generator.
Whether you need to automate daily news updates for a large Flash site, deliver secure, personalized bank account information within a dynamic Flash interface, or send real-time content to Palm devices or Web-based phones, Flash and Generator Demystified takes you on a hands-on tour of the hottest data-driven solution for Flash content. This official guide to Generator shows you how to integrate content using languages such as ASP, Cold Fusion, PHP, JSP, and Java and gives you all the information you’ll need on the latest maintenance release of Generator. The accompanying CD contains demos, tutorials, and sample templates you can use to produce your own work.

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If you’re a professional who uses Macromedia Flash to design or develop Web content, chances are Macromedia Generator should be part of your tool kit, if it isn’t already. Generator and Flash Demystified is a must-have reference that gives designers and developers alike everything they need to produce and deliver dynamically generated Flash movies using Generator.

Whether you need to automate daily news updates for a large Flash site, deliver secure, personalized bank account information within a dynamic Flash interface, or send real-time content to Palm devices or Web-based phones, Generator and Flash Demystified takes you on a hands-on tour of the hottest data-driven solution for Flash content. This official guide to Generator shows you how to integrate content using languages such as ASP, Cold Fusion, PHP, JSP, and Java and gives you all the information you’ll need on the latest maintenance release of Generator. The accompanying CD contains demos, tutorials, and sample templates you can use to produce your own work.

About the Author

Phillip Torrone is director of New Media for Braincraft, an award winning Web media and design firm in New York City, whose clients include AT&T, Compaq, UPS, and Lucent Technologies. From creating the first 100% flash-based online bank to creating Flash-enabled cell phones, devices, and automobiles, Phillip is considered an industry leader for Macromedia's Flash product.

Chris Wiggins, Creative Director at Braincraft, has been designing in Flash since Flash 2, and has been designing in multimedia for 6 years.

Mike Chambers in an expert in creating Web applications using Flash and Generator. He has recently been working on expanding Generator's functionality through the Generator SDK, creating and releasing more than ten new objects. He also has extensive experience programming with Java, JSP, ASP, PHP, and Cold Fusion. He created and maintains a Generator resource site at www.markme.com.


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By RM Hall
Format:Paperback
I find this book indispensable. Comprehensive, easy to follow and includes well thought out and useful examples and tutorials. This book should come with every copy of Generator sold. Anything you wanted to know but didn't know who to ask or how is covered in this concise and detailed book. It walks you through the gamut of the ins and outs, starting with the basics and background all the way through extending the functionality of generator through custom objects and SDK's. Excellent section that includes comparisons and review of products that compliment or try to emulate the functionality of Generator. Perfect for that due diligence a client will expect to have in any work proposal where Generator might be involved. All examples and tutorials include real world applications that make it easy to learn and follow. Every object and its use is covered in detail. This will be your reference any time you have a question or need to remind yourself how to do something with Generator and Flash. Informative chapter on getting Generator to run on unsupported platforms and configurations might be the key you need to get a client going. The included CD is worth its weight in gold in example source, documentation and demos. Forget trying to learn Generator from Macromedias sparse and under-documented manual included with its offering. Get this book and do yourself a favor and save months of hair pulling and sleepless nights. Can't wait to see what topic Mike, Phil and Chris take on next.
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By mr. leo
Format:Paperback
I was going to avoid reviewing this book because I'm too close to the authors and my copy was free so I thought I would be too biased, but the book merits a stellar review...bias aside.
Generator concepts are in bite size chunks and easy to follow, yet not so easy that they bore the reader. The book follows a natural progression in complexity and will be usefull to developers of all experience levels stepping up to the Generator plate.
The level at which the author's stand in the developer community gives them the opportunity to bestow their knowledge in "we know it all" manner, but instead they maintain a humbleness that says "hey, we're just developers like you who've had a lot more time on our hands."
Chock full of all the essentials, and the non-essentials, this book is a must have for the Generator developer (or the developer wanna-be) and looks to have a long shelf life.
Chris, Phil, Mike-nice work!
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By mr. leo
Format:Paperback
I was going to avoid reviewing this book because I'm too close to the authors and my copy was free so I thought I would be too biased, but the book merits a stellar review...bias aside.
Generator concepts are in bite size chunks and easy to follow, yet not so easy that they bore the reader. The book follows a natural progression in complexity and will be usefull to developers of all experience levels stepping up to the Generator plate.
The level at which the author's stand in the developer community gives them the opportunity to bestow their knowledge in "we know it all" manner, but instead they maintain a humbleness that says "hey, we're just developers like you who've had a lot more time on our hands."
Chock full of all the essentials, and the non-essentials, this book is a must have for the Generator developer (or the developer wanna-be) and looks to have a long shelf life.
Chris, Phil, Mike-nice work!
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I have read many chapters of this book and I can't wait to tell how great this book is ! Its worth every single penny...
This book comes form the source i.e.Macromedia and it effectively tells you that Flash is just not making an animation now. Part 3- Deployment and Part 4-Advanced Topics of this book are just wonderful.Book also covers other third party tools that deliver dynamic flash content like Swift-Generator,Flash Turbine,Form2Flsh etc..
I think if you want to refer just one or two Flash-books which are complete in every respect then I think you just need this book and "Flash 5 - Dynamic Content Studio" from Friends of ED.
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