The Macromedia MX Developer Resource Kit, Volume One is now available from
Macromedia Inc. It’s the first in a quarterly series and is designed to help Macromedia Flash MX, Dreamweaver MX, and ColdFusion MX developers create and deploy rich Internet applications.
Flash MX is a tool for creating a broad range of “high-impact content and rich Internet applications that go beyond the boundaries of the browser.” Dreamweaver MX is a Web production application. Both are Carbonized and will run natively in Mac OS X, as well as Mac OS 9.x (with the CarbonLib extension installed). ColdFusion MX is a server-scripting environment, but isn’t available for the Mac.
The Macromedia MX Developer Resource Kit, Volume One, costs US$99 and is available for immediate purchase from the
Macromedia Online Store
— in English only. It contains cross-product articles and resources, Macromedia Flash MX components, and Dreamweaver MX extensions. These extensions and components for Macromedia Flash MX and Dreamweaver MX will only be available as part of this kit.
The kit also contains an archive of more than 400MB of content from the Macromedia Designer & Developer Center, including multiple sample applications, tutorials, and other articles. For Macromedia Flash MX developers, the kit includes the new DataGrid component, which offers a method of displaying data in a tabular format within rich Internet applications. It supports scrolling, paging, Macromedia Flash Remoting, customization, editable cells, and custom cell renderers, it can accommodate most data display needs.
Also for Macromedia Flash MX, the Media Component lets developers load and playback various media types, including video within their content. In addition, the Macromedia Flash UI Component Set 3 will help streamline user interface development of rich Internet applications.
For Dreamweaver MX developers, the kit contains extensions for Web site building and application development. The extensions help display data in PHP applications, add functions to the file menu in Dreamweaver, and edit themes for sites developed using Radio Userland for editing Weblogs.