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Thread: Newbie to XML - what is it anyway?

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    Flash Initiate StuartW's Avatar
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    Right. First - sorry for being annoying and posting this, BUT (there had to be a but didn't there! )

    This is what I understand about XML so far:

    1. It's a format for data -

    <entry date="17-06-2001" title="title1" text="blah"/>
    <entry date="18-06-2001" title="title2" text="more blah"/>

    2. You can load it into flash like this (is that right?) -

    entriesXML = newXML();

    I expect there's a bit more to it than that isn't there, but anyway.

    3. It formats into a text box something like:

    title 1

    title 2
    more blah

    So that aside -

    I've been using PHP and mySQL under my flash pages for the back end of the sites I am developing.

    So I was wondering if XML was going to make life easier for me - I know you can get PHP to parse XML - or whether I should stick to my database methods.

    Or whether they are two very different things?

    Sorry to be a pain and post this here, but any pointers to tut's, etc. would be appreciated.

    Cheers muchly - all appreciated,


    [Edited by StuartW on 06-18-2001 at 06:39 AM]

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    Flash Initiate StuartW's Avatar
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    Someone has just brought my attention to Flash 5 Magic, which has an excellent tutorial on XML and complex database integration in the last chapters.

    Just thought any other newbies to XML might like to know.

    Fantastic Book. Happy Daze


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