A Brief Summary of Coding so far....
Okay, my plan right now is to describe the coding that has been taking place over the last couple of weeks. I'll try my best to not write a book, but there is a LOT of information that I could cover, so I'll try and keep it brief and write it in simple terms.
The past couple weeks I've mainly been learning actionscript. Basically, I'm learning how to tell Flash to go into the Flickr API, and grab whatever information that I tell it to grab (who, why, what, when, etc.). Luckily for me, I'm using an actionscript wrapper called Flashr. This "wrapper" is basically a preprogrammed set of classes, functions, methods, etc. This wrapper makes it much easier on me, because I'm not stuck coding and defining all of these properties (and this is something that I don't know how to do anyways). However, I still need to program the front-end of my applications; defining what they do and what they look like.
I could go on and on about how these applications actually work, but I think it's smarter to just break my research down into what I've learned/accomplished so far, and what I still am stuck on and am worried about.
Learned/Accomplished to this point:
-Basic actionscripting (functions, classes, methods, etc.)
-How interaction works between Flash and an API
-How to retrieve information using actionscript commands
-Created a keyword search that returns results from flickr (I will post that link in a new topic)
-Not many resources on the internet for help, so when I'm stuck, I'm really stuck
-I need to figure out how to represent the data retrieved visually, because currently I only have text
-Although I know basic actionscripting now, this type of project requires a programmers level of knowledge to complete, and I'm worried that I won't learn it in time
-I still need to decide on a format for the final version. I'm too involved in the coding, and havn't put thought into the final product