Build eye-catching banner ads in Flash Professional that achieve design goals and satisfy the requirements of search engines and the sites where the ads will display. Author Anastasia McCune explores the current standards of banner ad design, offers a series of best practices for technical development, including incorporating video, and details the necessary information to gather from clients and publishers in order to build an ad. Then Anastasia constructs a number of banner ad examples—simple, expandable, and multi-panel—from start to finish, showing how to optimize assets and add interactivity.
In this course, author Lawrence Cramer offers two approaches to implementing ecommerce functionality in Dreamweaver: introducing basic ecommerce functions to an existing site and creating a stand-alone ecommerce solution with PHP and MySQL. The course explores choosing a payment vendor, creating a simple buy button, configuring a store with the Cartweaver extension, adding products and discounts, and managing inventory. The course also provides guidance on securing an ecommerce site, preparing for the site's launch, and effectively promoting a store. Exercise files accompany the course.
In this course, Joseph Lowery shows how to develop HTML5 applications for the two mobile operating systems supported in Dreamweaver, iOS and Android, and generate a native app for each OS, suitable for testing with the open-source PhoneGap framework. The course covers basic app creation, including working with the built-in starter pages in Dreamweaver, as well as creating custom apps from scratch. It then focuses on packaging and preparing finished apps for debugging prior to deploying to the Android Market and the Apple App Store. Development techniques particular to the mobile arena, including the use of jQuery Mobile, are emphasized for developers to create apps on multiple platforms.
WordPress offers more flexibility for creating personal and professional sites than any other content management system on the market. Now, in this multi-part WordPress training course from InfiniteSkills, you'll learn everything you need to know to create a completely custom site from the ground up, from design, to installation and everyday management. This highly informative course goes starts with the planning stages, helping you make key decisions and establish a professional wireframe in Adobe Illustrator, before moving through Photoshop for graphic design and onto WordPress itself for installation, configuration and customization with plugins and content. In 114 lessons, you will learn how to design, build and manage a professional web presence, using the latest technologies at your disposal. No other WordPress tutorial series offers such an extensive guide to website creation!
Learn the basics of building complex, data-driven applications with the Facebook PHP SDK and MySQL. Author Ray Villalobos first introduces the fundamentals, such as checking to see if a user is logged into an application, accessing Facebook user data through the Open Graph API, and making complex API calls with the Graph API Explorer. The course then dives into building an application with API paths and Facebook Query Language (FQL) calls. Along the way, you'll discover how to post to a user's wall, upload photos, integrate with webpages, and more.
Join Lee Brimelow in this project-style course that teaches how to build a Flash-based game with Flash Builder 4.6, Flash Player 11, and the Starling framework. Starling, a pure ActionScript 3.0 library for advanced graphics, extends Flash Player 11's support for the modern GPU (graphic processing unit) to enable visual presentations and games in the browser or as a mobile app. Starting with installation and configuration of Starling and creation of a Flash Builder project, the course shows how to prepare and import graphical assets, create MovieClip classes from sprite sheets, manage various gaming objects, detect collisions, and add both particle and sound effects. The finished game can be deployed to any browser or mobile device that integrates Flash Player 11, which was released in September 2011.
CGI Essential Training highlights the skills required to build common gateway interface (CGI) scripts that allow web forms to interact with applications on a web server. Instructor Bill Weinman explains how these scripts can be used for simple interactive applications written in any programming language. Bill shows how to use CGI to set up an HTML template with hidden fields for use with a web server application. Exercise files accompany this course.