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Displaying Multiple Access Records with Flash and ASP

Most Flash & ASP tutorials only deal with returning one row of information at a time from the database to the Flash movie. I was interested in displaying multiple records and fields simultaneously. One resource (FlashCFM.com) pointed the way and I used this start to arrive at a nice solution which is explained here.

The Flash side of things
Now, we have our output formatted so Flash can read it. Set up a Flash movie as so:

  1. Frame 1 Layer 1 - add a keyframe and the following action : loadVariablesNum ("list2.asp", 0);
    list2.asp is our ASP page that we have formatted to work with Flash
  2. Frame 1 add the text Loading ... on Layer 2. This will display until all the records are looped through by the ASP page and
    the variable 'counter' is set to 1.
  3. On Frame 2 add the following action :
       if (_root.Counter == 1) {
         gotoAndStop (3);
       } else {
         gotoAndPlay (1);
       }

    'Counter' is a variable we set up on the ASP page to signal the Flash movie that all of the table data has been read
  4. Create a new movie clip that looks like an up arrow - copy it, rotate it 180 degrees and place both of these button into another movie clip - name it arrow. You will use these later to scroll your results.
  5. Frame 2 add the following code to the frame :
        if (_root.Counter == 1) {
              gotoAndStop (3);
        } else {
          gotoAndPlay (1);
        }

    This insures that Loading will be displayed as the results are being returned.
  6. Frame 3 - this is where flash reads the array created by ASP, splits the array at the "," and duplicates the dynamic
    text fields. A lot of work but just follow the screen shot.


  7. Now double click on the movie clip containing the buttons and select one of the arrows. To the arrow button attach the following code:
       on (release, keyPress "<Up>") {
         for (eachBox in _root) {
           _root[eachBox]._y -= 10;
           setProperty (_root.arrow, _y, ypos);
         }
       }

    This uses the 'for...in' method to find each movie clip on the _root and move it down after each button press or each press of the down arrow key. Problem, this also moves your navigation buttons as they too reside in a movie clip on the _root. Fix this by adding a second layer to the inner movie clip and attaching the following code to the first layer
    on that frame:
       var ypos= _root.arrow._y;
    Now if you look back to the code in step 7 you see that after you change the _y position of all the clips on the _root, you change the arrow movie clip back to its original _y

That's it! Download Fla


Written by Chris Bizzel
The Pinnacle Consulting Group

This tutorial was the result of cobbling together information from several different resources and I want to thank David Freerksen particularly for sharing his code on the duplication of movie clips.
If you have questions about this tutorial contact me at webmaster@pincongrp.com.

Comments

Appreciatable effort !!!

February 26, 2002 by Karim Moharram

I just wanted to thank you so much, as I've been through so much to find out the way in which I can do such things...as I'm kinda fluent in Flash 5 and ASP.NET, and wanted to get a way between them to get working together..especially with databases...

Thank you very much once again...

P.S. I know that you were talking about ASP, but ASP.NET won't differ a lot, it's all the same concept...

ASaP

March 23, 2002 by Roark Dority

Along these same lines, if anyone is interested, there's an excellent ASP generating wizard (shareware app) at:

www.data-asap.com

Free if you just need to display data and only $29 if you need your visitors to be able to add/remove/modify records!!

Tutorial Update

October 29, 2002 by Chris bizzell
I have updated the example to include presenting the data with Flash MX and the new DataGrid component. View at : http://www.bizwerk.net/asp20tutorial/flash_multiple_fields.htm

Display Images too ?

February 6, 2003 by Jairo Ochoa

That's great and seems easy, but what about displaying images?
Or even, how can I do a 'mailto' for each name.

Thanks

 

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