Foundation PHP 5 for Flash
This book fills an important gap left by "Foundation PHP for Flash", now long out of print and very much out of date. By no stretch of the imagination, though, is it a rehash of the earlier book. It has been completely rewritten to bring it up to date with all the latest versions: PHP 5, MySQL 4.1, and ActionScript 2.0.
While writing the book, the typical reader I've had in mind is someone already comfortable in the Flash authoring environment, and probably with some experience of ActionScript, who wants to add the power of PHP and the MySQL database to Flash movies to create a richer, more interactive experience. Although the book is project-driven, I've deliberately designed each chapter so readers can come back later, find the information they need, and use it as a reference book. I've also incorporated a lot of troubleshooting advice, based not only on my own experience, but on feedback from users in online forums. Rather than just throwing huge chunks of code at you, I explain what the code does, and why I've chosen a particular technique. All the ActionScript is described, too, so the book should also appeal to PHP programmers wanting to improve their ActionScript skills.
I've been using PHP/MySQL for many years, and was delighted that Sham Bhangal agreed to act as my technical editor. Sham's an acknowledged expert on Flash and ActionScript (and the author of many best-selling books on the subject). Between us, I believe we've created a book that will not only take your skills to a higher level, but it's one you'll enjoy reading, too. David Powers has been professionally involved with the electronic media for some 30 years, mostly in radio and television?he was BBC Tokyo correspondent in the late 1980s and early 1990s?but more recently with the Internet. He built his first site in 1995, and was instantly hooked. Eventually, the sheer tedium of updating content convinced him there must be a better way.
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