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ActionScript 3.0: Working with XML

with Todd Perkins

Video: Welcome

Teaches the use of RSS data for blogs, podcasts, and images.
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  1. 3m 49s
    1. Welcome
      1m 45s
    2. Using the exercise files
    3. Prerequisites
      1m 16s
  2. 5m 56s
    1. Understanding XML
      1m 30s
    2. Visualizing XML
    3. Exploring an XML file
      3m 31s
  3. 12m 34s
    1. Understanding E4X syntax
      3m 55s
    2. Working with XML attributes using E4X
      1m 10s
    3. Using XML methods
      2m 48s
    4. Replacing and deleting elements and attributes
      1m 15s
    5. Accessing elements and attributes using descendant selectors
      3m 26s
  4. 19m 1s
    1. Loading XML from an external file
      3m 50s
    2. Working with comments and processing instructions
      2m 10s
    3. Working with an XMLList
      1m 49s
    4. Understanding XMLList syntax
      2m 17s
    5. Working with E4X operators
      2m 32s
    6. Looping through XML data
      6m 23s
  5. 13m 53s
    1. Exploring an RSS file
      3m 1s
    2. Building the RSSReader class
      4m 10s
    3. Setting properties for the RSSReader class
      3m 5s
    4. Dispatching events in the RSSReader class
      3m 37s
  6. 42m 22s
    1. Understanding PHP
      2m 28s
    2. Installing the MAMP server (Mac)
      6m 12s
    3. Setting file permissions (Mac)
      1m 57s
    4. Installing WAMP (Windows)
      3m 28s
    5. Using PHP to access remote XML
      10m 51s
    6. Saving XML data locally
      11m 12s
    7. Processing saved XML data
      6m 14s
  7. 13m 32s
    1. Displaying blog posts
      8m 26s
    2. Formatting dates
      2m 23s
    3. Linking to an online blog
      2m 43s
  8. 29m 30s
    1. Viewing the Flickr API
      2m 36s
    2. Viewing the search class
      7m 17s
    3. Understanding XML namespaces
      3m 50s
    4. Accessing namespace qualified data
      3m 16s
    5. Setting a default namespace
      2m 18s
    6. Creating namespace qualified data
      3m 30s
    7. Loading images from
      6m 43s
  9. 6m 24s
    1. Working with the iTunes Namespace
      6m 24s
  10. 33s
    1. Goodbye

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ActionScript 3.0: Working with XML
Video duration: 0s 2h 27m Intermediate


The use of RSS feeds is a growing trend, and they can be found within many new websites. In ActionScript 3.0: Working with XML, instructor Todd Perkins places strong emphasis on using RSS data for blogs, podcasts, and images. He also demonstrates how to perform common tasks with XML, such as using E4X syntax, loading external data from local and remote locations, saving data, and integrating with popular services like Flickr. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Understanding XML data
  • Creating XML in ActionScript 3.0
  • Working with external XML data
  • Building a reusable RSS reader class
  • Using PHP with XML
  • Working with blogs
  • Working with Flickr images using the Flickr API
  • Working with podcasts
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ActionScript XML


Hi. I am Todd Perkins and I absolutely love working with Flash and ActionScript. I am the author of several titles including ActionScript 3.0 and Flash CS3 Beyond on the Basics and a few others. [00:00:11.6=75] Flash CS3 Fundamentals and ActionScript 3.0 Projects Game Development. In addition to that I am also an Adobe Certified Instructor in Flash. I absolutely love working in Flash. In this title we will work with using ActionScript to grab XML data and use that data in Flash. One of the things that we will be doing that's really exciting is we will use PHP to do things that ActionScript cannot do.

Like grab data from a remote location and save that data in a local file. Let's take a look at some of the applications that we will build. We will take a look at an application that reads data from a blog on a remote website and we can choose which blog posts we would like to read and we can see images from that blog and we can see the date of the blog and we can even view the blog online if we want to. We will take a look at grabbing data from a podcast.

So you can choose which podcast episode you would like to view and we will link to the podcast episodes so you can watch that episode online. Another thing that we will do is grab images from and display them in Flash. So it will load them from a remote URL using the Flickr API. So using our Flash application, you could type a value in the Search field and search Flickr for images. The thumbnail images appear in Flash and you can use them in anyway you would like in Flash.

So those are just some of the things that we are going to be building in this title. So again I am really excited about it and I sure hope you are too.

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