Fast forward to 2010 and Adobe Flash has held on to its position as the primary animation web authoring tool but it remains a niche choice with many companies afraid to fully embrace a technology that isn’t search engine friendly. However, it retains a loyal following in the creative industries and I would need more than two hands to count the number of exceptional Flash-based sites that land in my feed aggregator in-tray everyday from design showcase sites.
Combining Flash with Drupal has obvious benefits. Flash can bring sophisticated, interactive animation to the table while Drupal is great for a modular backend structure.
If you don’t have any experience in ActionScript, and if you plan to follow the exercises in Flash with Drupalthen intermediate knowledge of the language would be an advantage, failing that previous programming experience is essential.
Likewise, in itself, the book is not an introduction to Drupal. If you are a Flash developer who is interested in using Drupal than this book runs through a basic installation guide. However, you will still need to seek out other sources to fully understand Drupal administration and other aspects of the CMS.
The author himself is responsible for a number of Drupal / Flash integration modules Dash Media Player and FlashVideo. The book also covers the use of Services, Views, Content Contstruction Kit, Flash Node, ImageField, Audio and number of other modules which provide valuable assistance in the web developers tasks.
Admittedly, HTML5 promises to encroach on the traditional Flash territory of embedded video and audio but we are some way from multi-browser HTML5 compatibility at the moment. Flash will remain the technology of choice for these purposes for the foreseeable future and those that wish to harness the power of Drupal with that of Adobe Flash can use this book as a source of ideas and a reference point.
It’s not a book for novices but it’s certainly a starting point for those seeking a different approach to Drupal and at 356 pages long it is clear that much thought and work has gone into its creation.