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they could send you an email and devolving a bit into the ridiculous, they could send you a postcard.
so, that question is too general to answer intelligently. you must have some idea of how you wish to be informed.
It would probably be better if there was some file they could look at online that would tell them if the student had finished the assignment or not, rather than getting multiple emails sent to them (especially with tonnes of students in the course)
does that help?
sorry im not up on my database stuff
then you'll need a server and some server-side scripting (like php, asp, perl etc). flash cannot write to a server file though it can interface with a script and cause it to execute.
ok im at a university, so i have access to a server and also programmers who could do the sever scripting. What would i need to do in flash to get this all working?
flash would best serve as the interface between the student and the server-side script. in flash you could create a form that would allow each student to supply the information that you want. (perhaps you'd want each student to identify him or herself to you, completion date, project evalution etc.)
you could then use the LoadVars() object to send these data to your server-side script which would then take the data and write it to a server-side file (and in a format that suited your needs). the script would append each students data to this file.
you would then open this file (periodically) and extract the information it contained.
got any tutorials for someone starting on a project like this (ie writing to a file, etc)?
i've done it with perl and php. i think php is easier.
i use google to help with each step. for example, "php create text file", "php create directory", "php write file" etc. there are quite a few tutorials and, what i find most helpful, are snippets of code that perform particular tasks.
this is simple code for writing data in txt file by php
$myFile = "testFile.txt";
$fh = fopen($myFile, 'w') or die("can't open file");
$stringData = "Bobby Bopper\n";
$stringData = "Tracy Tanner\n";
try it i think it works