Text files as a backend
So, you might be saying, "but my project only needs to display something simple, and I don't want to learn fourteen languages!" Well, if you just want to display something simple and static, you can always use a simple text file with a URL-Encoded string of name/value pairs.
So, design your Flash movie, figure out what information you want to display and create text fields named accordingly. Remember to keep your names clear and concise. Use names like txtName and txtEmail instead of TextField1 and TextField2. Believe me, it'll make a difference in the long-run by making your code more readable and easier to debug.
Once you've decided what to display and what to name the text fields, create a simple text file that contains a URL-Encoded string of your values, like the one we looked at before. In this example, name=eslacker&email=eslacker%40yahoo%2Ecom would be the entire contents of your text file.
That's all there is to creating a text file as a backend.
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