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I am developing a Flash program for my college students.  They are going to access the course from home or through the library.  I have no idea where to begin when it comes to writing information obtained from the students to a file.  I just need pointers on where to begin looking.

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There are different methods for writing from Flash to a file/database.

You can write to a MS Access db, but this requires the use of ASP.  If your end users are remote, you will not be able to insure that all of them will be using Internet Explorer (rather, you can detect the browser, but can't guarantee what browser they're using).  And while Netscape users are down I believe Opera and Mozilla users are increasing.  In fact I'm foolish enough to use Phoenix.

A LMS is something to consider.  The cost, however, is prohibitive for many developers (like me - lol).  By that I mean $10K and up.  Xtention does offer a "free" LMS.  It would still require you to purchase the MS SQL Server, which will cost you for the media and license, the latter is how they make their money.  You could also purchase the sql server license per processor.

There is also a free LMS throught the Open LMS Foundation (http://www.openlms.org/).  The caveat is there is only source, and in this instance you will probably want to use a UNIX or Linux server.  You will also need MySql (http://www.mysql.com/) and PHP (http://www.php.net/downloads.php), again both of which are free.

FlashDB is a Perl script (forgot to mention PHP is a scripting language as well) written by Jeroen Kessels (www.flash-db.com).  If you are familiar with scripting languages this is something you may want to consider.  There are ready made scripts that you can adapt for your own needs - or at least as a guide.  Just be sure to follow the eula.

I suggest you use Google and search for the key words [perl database tutorial] for an introductory or intermediate start to creating perl databases.

I hope that helps.  If you need more specific information don't hesitate to ask!
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I was thinking about Access, but didn't know about the limitations.  I might try to use Perl, but this could take some time.

Thank you.
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