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Dynamic Flash Part 1: Counting Users Online


New to Flash? Come join Ben in this, the first of many weekly Flash articles, as he shows us how to use Flash and PHP to show a count of users on your web site.

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By: Aaron Schaap
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August 16, 2002
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  1. · Dynamic Flash Part 1: Counting Users Online
  2. · The Basics Of Dynamic Flash
  3. · Whose Online Using Flash
  4. · Whose Online Using Flash (contd.)
  5. · Conclusion

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Dynamic Flash Part 1: Counting Users Online
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Flash is a great tool for creating web sites, however it's been seen as a hassle for content driven sites as it's supposedly hard to update. What I'm going to be showing you over the next few weeks is how to make your flash animations and web sites dynamic... the easy way!

Dynamic flash is a quick and easy way to update your flash files. For example, lets say that you created your web site in flash and you had a welcoming note that you wanted to change. It would take a good 10 minutes to update a single piece of text the traditional way, but with dynamic flash you can easily update your flash file, from a text file or from a database in just a couple of minutes.

For this article, you will need the flash program. If you don't have it, you can download flash MX here. I will be using Flash MX, so the screen shots may look a bit different if your using a older version. Also, you will need to know either ASP, PHP, Perl or any other dynamic server-side language.

During this article I'm going to be using PHP to generate they dynamic content, however I will cover all of the basics of Flash as well, so that you can use any server-side scripting language of your choice.
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