Flash with Drupal

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  • Understand how Flash and Drupal communicate
  • Embed Flash applications within Drupal and also learn about the important modules that make it easier to work with Flash in Drupal
  • Learn the asynchronous programming techniques for Drupal's web services
  • Set up Drupal for web services using the services module to handle external interaction
  • Create a custom recipe content type for your Flash application and add new fields and images to it
  • Use Drupal's imageCache module with Flash to ensure that the images are not too large when loaded into our application
  • Create an audio-handling class using ActionScript 3
  • Load and play audio in Flash, and add user controls like on and off
  • Utilize Object Oriented techniques in ActionScript 3 to build a common MediaPlayer class to be used for both audio and video applications
  • Create a playlist of video nodes for our custom media player using Drupal Views
  • Utilize user management within a Flash application to manage its users and protect the content of the site with a permission-based role system
  • Add content to the Drupal web site and also keep it safe from malicious software
  • Build a custom voting service and create a Flash-driven 5-star voter for Drupal using the popular FiveStar module

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.

  • Learn to integrate Flash applications with Drupal CMS
  • Explore a new approach where Flash and HTML components are intermixed to provide a hybrid Flash-Drupal architecture
  • Build a custom audio and video player in Flash and link it to Drupal
  • Build a Flash driven 5-star voting system for Drupal at the end of the book
Page Count 380
Course Length 11 hours 24 minutes
ISBN 9781847197580
Date Of Publication 26 May 2009


Travis Tidwell

Travis Tidwell is the founder and CTO for TMT Digital (http://www.tmtdigital.com), a company that specializes in the development of Flash applications for the Drupal content management system. He is also the sole developer for the Dash Media Player (http://www.tmtdigital.com/project/dash_player, http://www.drupal.org/project/dashplayer), which is a media player built specifically for Drupal. As well as contributing this media player, Travis is also the author and co-maintainer for the FlashVideo module (http://www.drupal.org/project/flashvideo), which is a complete video solution for Drupal.


Travis graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Oklahoma State University and has worked as an Embedded Systems Engineer for companies specializing in automotive and agricultural GPS products. Travis then fell in love with web development and more specifically with Drupal and Flash, where he has developed numerous sites including http://www.delicioso.com for Food Network's Ingrid Hoffmann.


Travis is happily married to his beautiful wife, Erin, and is the proud parent of a feisty one-year-old named Brycen. When Travis isn't working on the computer (which is rare these days), he enjoys the performing arts including playing guitar, singing, and tap dancing (Search for "Soul Man Tap" at http://www.youtube.com to see him in action).