Brian McMurray

Talks and Presentations

Druplash and Druplex: Content-Managed Flash and Flex sites powered by Drupal

Presenters: Brian McMurray, Steven Merrill
Dates Presented: Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Lecture-style (what can we say, we’re Uni professors) about building Drupal-powered Flash and Flex websites that support deep-linking, good SEO, and use progressive enhancement techniques so that full HTML content can be available for those who don’t have Flash enabled using the SWFAddress module. Beyond just all-Flash websites we will also cover ways to integrate Flash/Flex in standards-compliant ways to enhance a website while still being maintainable by Drupal.

Topics of discussion include:

  • Overview of Flash and Flex
  • Open Source Flash/Flex Development
  • Historical Problems of 100% Flash experience sites
  • Current methods that defeat those problems
  • Browser History (back and forward buttons) support
  • Full HTML alternate content
  • Bookmarkable URLs (with clean URLs support)
  • Flash Version detection
  • How to get dynamic data to Flash
  • Services.module
  • Writing Custom Services
  • SWFAddress.module (newly released)
  • Features
  • How to Use
  • Site Demos
  • Flash/Flex Beyond the Browser (Using the Adobe AIR platform for the desktop)