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XML Column Data Source Generator Object v 1.2

The object takes XML and makes it available to Macromedia Generator in a format that Generator can use (a result set like Column format). It utilizes the Generator SDK, the Apache Xerces XML parser, and the JDOM XML API.

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The example on the right is using Generator to dynamically pull in XML news feeds from moreover.com and insert them into a Flash movie.

The news feeds are updated once an hour using offline Generator and are scheduled using a crontab job. Here is what one of the entries in the crontab job looks like :

Requires Flash 5 Player

Download demo files (FLAs).

$ generate -swf /home/mesh/public_html/../flash/XMLNewsMP3.swf \
/home/mesh/public_html/../flash/xmlNews.swt -param newsSubject mp3 \
-param maxItems 5 -param subject "MP3 News"

Flash 5 / Generator tip Here is how to dynamically define a int / number value in Flash 5 using Generator :

var variableName = int("{genValue}");

This is because all generator variables being dynamically placed in action script must be enclosed in quotes. For more info view this tech note on Using Generator variables in Flash 5 Action Script.

Download the object and its source from the Flash Exchange.

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