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"la_guitar" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> Hey everyone,
> I'm new to this forum and pretty new to AS.
> I've created a fairly simple navigation bar.
> What I'd really like to do make this entirely dynamic by loading the
> tab names and hyperlink via XML (or an array). That way, I could use the
> SWF and edit it via XML. I understand AS pretty well, but haven't wrapped
> head around implementing XML and extending classes and such.
> Any help or direction would be greatly appreciated. If you'd like the FLA,
> just let me know.
First thing I would do is get this book
Or you can just download the files that go with the book and try to figure
them out, but I wouldn't recommend it without the text.
This book covers classes and extension of classes very well.
> I understand AS pretty well, but haven't wrapped my
> head around implementing XML and extending classes
> and such.
XML can get complicated, because it deals with external files, but on
the other hand, the XML class, which defines your the XML object you'll
need, is like any other class in the ActionScript 2.0 Language Reference.
The XML class entry is your one-stop shop for all the functionality of that
object, including its properties (characteristics), methods (things it can
do), and events (things it can react to).
Here's a free tutorial on XML in Flash, from Community MX.
This was written before AS2 strong typing was in fashion. By that, I
mean the post colon suffix you'll see after variable declarations (var
myNum:Number = 5, rather than var myNum = 5). But even so, it's a good
article and should give you a head start.
As for writing and extending classes, I'll recommend Joey Lott's
three-part ActionScript 2.0 Primer.
Between the two of those, you've got a bit of reading ahead of you, but
it's well worth it. :)
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I think you could use the Loader component to dynamic load those images, the tab names and links could be a Label component with a onRelease event. To use a XML is not so hard, take a look at the documentation here.
For your animation try the Tween class, this one is note quite well documented, perhaps you'll need some help. If you need search in the forums.
It doesn't sounds like you need to extend classes by now.
Instead of using those macromedia live documents links that I posted you can press F1 inside Macromedia Flash to see the documentation.
Funny enough, I recently ordered that book because it looked really great. Hasn't arrived yet, but looking forward to it.
Thanks for the links.
I"m always up for a good read.
That would probably work. Though I'd prefer to use XML so that I don't have to open up Flash to udpate.