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The Power of Flash
Dennis Baldwin's article ["ColdFusion Meets Flash," Vol. 3, issue 8] was very thorough and not for the novice developer. I've looked through the source files and implemented the menu on my own site. The code was well documented and straightforward. A job well done.
joe@joeblow.com

I've been looking for something like Dennis Baldwin's article for a while. I was very disappointed though, since I couldn't go past page one. Guess I'll have to hunt for the journal, but I know it'll be difficult or impossible to find here in Russia. What a pity! douglas.c@russia.com

Editor's Note:
To access the rest of Dennis Baldwin's article on the CFDJ Web site, you need to subscribe to ColdFusion Developer's Journal; this subscription provides you with free access to the digital edition.

I dug around CFDJ and found the .txt source files but didn't see anything else, specifically the .fla and .mdb files. Could you please send me a copy of those?

Great article! I'm looking forward to experimenting with Flash and CF!
Jim Priest
priest@thecrumb.com

Editor's Note:
Thank you for your note. We have added these additional files to Dennis Baldwin's article on the CFDJ Web site as a downloadable zip file.

I read Dennis Baldwin's article and put together a very nice menu based on his code using my own graphics. It works well. Thank you.

I want to use the menu in a frameset and I'm trying to figure out how to add a URL "target" variable to the database and code. Any hints you can give would be most appreciated. Thanks for the article.
ivan.sinclair@netcentrics.net

I enjoyed Dennis Baldwin's Flash article. He mentioned the source files. Would you send a copy including the Access database, if they're not too large?
Bill Allred
bill.allred@verizon.com

ColdFusion into Flash
In the article by Randy H. Drisgill and Jason Montilla ["ColdFusion-Driven Flash Content," Vol. 3, issue 8] about using ColdFusion variables in Flash, they state:

Flash doesn't allow spaces between the parts of the statements, though the variable can have spaces in it. You can't have spaces after the ampersand, variable name, or equal sign, or between the statements.

I found this confusing and wondered if you could please clarify what you mean. What confused me specifically was "though the variable can have spaces in it." What does this mean?

The article was great and most helpful, keep up the good work.
Rick Miltimore
rmiltimore@creativechannel.com

Randy H. Drisgill replies:
Rick, glad you liked it. What I was trying to say was something like this.

This is okay:

varname=the dog is good&varname2=test

This is bad:

var name=thedog& varname2 =thedog2

The part after the "=" sign allows spaces for strings and such, but the part where you actually set the variable doesn't.

Is that clearer? The concept is hard to explain, but when you do it wrong, you'll know!
Randy H. Drisgill
rdrisgill@vshift.com

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