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Advanced Data Source

By MikeChambers January 16, 2001

Rating = 44 votes

This object allows you to use any Comma Separated Value file (including Generator data sources) as a data source. It also adds the following features and functionality:<br>1. The ability to add or replace column headers to the data source.<br>2. The ability to filter the data based on a column name and value.<br>3. The ability to sort the data source, and to define your own sorting rules (in any language).<br>4. The ability to limit the number of rows of data returned.<br>5. The ability to define the name and value of an additional column (useful if you need to add a 'clip' column).<br>6. The ability to insert an additional column whose value is the index of the current row of data.<br><br>The object adds a large amount of logic to Generator allowing it to manipulate its data. In some cases this object will replace middle ware currently necessary to filter and sort Generator data. Furthermore, it allows you to use non-Generator data sources as a Generator data source. See the documentation for more information. <BR><BR> You must have Macromedia Flash 5 installed with the Macromedia Generator Authoring Templates or a Macromedia Generator server. You can download the Macromedia Generator Authoring Templates for Flash 5 for free <a href="">here</a>.<BR> <BR>Due to the highly integrated nature of Generator objects and their access to production web servers, Macromedia can only distribute this type of extension with a 'Basic' approval rating. We highly recommend evaluating these extensions with your network or security administrator and testing them on a staging server before deploying on a production system, to make certain that there are no performance or security risks for your particular server installation.

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UI Access:
This Generator object is available from Window>Panels>Generator. The documentation for the object is installed in the Flash 5\Extension Help folder The Java source files are located in the Generator 2\extras\AdvancedDataSource folder. There is also a demo FLA using the object in the Generator 2\extras\AdvancedDataSource\demo folder


License: Freeware
Cost: Free
OS: Win | Mac
File format: MXP | 96.0 KB

Additional extension information

Author: MikeChambers
Author website: Not available
Date published: January 16, 2001
Approval: Basic
Browsers: Internet Explorer ALL
Required product(s): Flash 5
Compatible product(s): Flash 5


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