flash drop down menu

I have a website with a cms
In the CMS i can create types( a, b, c)
these types are saved on sql and information can be inserted in each.
a(1, 2, 3)
b(1, 2, 3)
c(1, 2, 3)

in my flash header i have a drop down menu thats supposed to read these types that were created in sql through the cms
I cant creat the drop down menu in advance because my client might add a new type and it has to appear in the menu along side the others that were created so far

n e one?
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you'll probably want to use PHP to grab the contents of the SQL table, then echo or print that out as XML, then load that into Flash using a URLLoader object, then dynamically populate your dropdown.


// php file
// connect to your server, pick the database
$xml = "<?xml version='1.0' ?>";
$result = mysql_query("select * from table");
while($row = mysql_fetch_assoc($result)){
  $xml .= "<somenode>" . $row["someprop"] . "</somenode>";
  // etc..

// actionscript
var loader:URLoader = new URLLoader();
loader.addEventListener(Event.COMPLETE, onLoaded);
loader.load(new URLRequest("that-php-file.php"));
function onLoaded(event:Event):void{
  var xml:XML = new XML(event.target.data);
  foreach(var node:XML in xml){
    // do stuff...
zahimezherAuthor Commented:
do u have an example file or a link to a tutorial or something.
I have no idea how this works and cant make anything of what ...
thanx alot though. sry!
here's using PHP to translate MySQL data to XML: http://www.kirupa.com/web/mysql_xml_php.htm
and here's using XML in AS3: http://www.kirupa.com/developer/flashcs3/using_xml_as3_pg1.htm

hth, gl

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zahimezherAuthor Commented:
;) thanx for the help
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