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Lesson 11. Getting Data In and Out of Fl... > Understanding Data Sources and Data ...

Understanding Data Sources and Data Formats

A data source is a place from which Flash can load external data (that is, data not directly programmed into the movie). For example, Flash can load data from a simple text file, and that text file is considered a data source. Data transfer is the act of retrieving data from a source or sending data from Flash to another application. In this section, you'll learn about the different types of data sources as well as the Flash objects and methods used to communicate with these sources in the data transfer process.

Any data that you plan to load into Flash from an external source must be structured (formatted) in a specific way. Flash supports the following formats:


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