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Lesson 25. Databases and Lists

Lesson 25. Databases and Lists

Databases—electronic files used to store large amounts of information—can be used to create interactive movies as well as the mailing lists and other items usually associated with them. The Director movie you will work with in this lesson, for example, depends on a database that keeps track of the cast member name associated with each user choice.

Figure . The Nile Photo Notebook is an electronic photo album featuring graphics of the Nile River. The user can click one of five locations and one of four directions (N,S,E, and W) for each location to pick a view. To determine what view to display on the stage, the movie depends on a small, the movie depends on a small database that contains the names of the cast members corresponding to each view. Nile: Passage to Egypt was developed by Human Code for Discovery Channel Multimedia. Additional interface artwork and programming for Macromedia training was produced by Mark Castle, Castle Productions.


To use Director as a database, you need to know how to build a database in a form Director can read. One solution is to use a property list, a special type of Lingo variable available for just that purpose. This lesson introduces you to property list variables. You will learn how to create a list by typing it in a field cast member, and you will then build a script that reads that list into a list variable.


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