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O'Reilly Open Source Convention
Sheraton San Diego Hotel, San Diego, CA
July 23-27, 2001

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Dynamic Design: Integrating PHP with Macromedia Flash

Graeme Merrall, Senior Internet Developer, i7

Track: PHP Conference
Date: Monday, July 23
Time: 1:45pm - 5:00pm
Location: Bel Aire North

Target Audience: Developers with a basic understanding of PHP who work as part of a multi-disciplined team where PHP is often required to integrate with other web technologies including the graphical interface. Macromedia Flash experience is not required although exposure would be beneficial.

Learning Outcomes: Attendees will come away with a better understanding of combining the server side advantages of PHP with the impact and interactivity the Macromedia Flash has to offer. Plus, they'll be able to make them selves better understood when talking to their graphic designed. Attendees will discover the various ways this can be achieved and the relative advantages and disadvantages of each method.

Tutorial Outline: Websites often involve a number of differing technologies, from databases and web scripting languages like PHP, to front end technologies like JavaScript and Flash. While the two often meet in implementing templates, often the graphics people don't talk much to the programmers and vice versa.

PHP offers a number of ways that interactivity and dynamisms can be added through the use of Macromedia Flash.

Tutorial attendees will earn how to pass information directly into a Flash movie in its most simple form to keep the graphic design people happy, as well as how to receive, process and transmit XML to and from Flash movies. Attendees will then learn how to write the graphics people right out by creating their own Flash movies directly in PHP using the 2 available SWF API libraries currently available for PHP including interfacing these libraries to databases.

Finally, attendees will learn how to give the graphics people a short leash by learning how to integrate PHP, databases and Macromedia Generator to create data driven dynamic Flash websites.

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