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Programming for e-Learning Developers: ToolBook®, Flash®, JavaScript™, and Silverlight™

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As an e-Learning developer since 1993, I have found that even a little programming can go a long way in terms of increasing our ability to create meaningful interactions for our users. To do that, however, entails understanding basic programming concepts like events, properties, and methods. Add to that the requirement to perform more advanced tasks like adding hyperlinks, communicating via SCORM™ with your Learning Management System, loading media or graphics, and using a web service to send email from your application, and you have the need for some "real" programming. Rather than hiring a pricey consultant, however, you can use this book to learn the concepts to get the job done.

Many e-Learning developers use multiple tools. Even if you stick to a single tool like Flash or ToolBook, you still likely have the need to make external JavaScript calls in order to get extra functionality. So rather than focus on a single tool, this book takes each of our programming challenges and solves it in ToolBook - OpenScript, ToolBook - Actions Editor, Flash, JavaScript, and Silverlight. While you may not use all these environments currently, seeing the similarly of programming concepts across all the environments will enhance your skills in your tool(s) of choice.

For a detailed listing of topics, please see the book's Table of Contents.

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About the Author:

Jeff Rhodes is the Chief Technical Officer and owner of Platte Canyon Multimedia Software Corporation, a leader in developing commercial software that Improves the Lives of Training Developers™. He graduated at the top of his class at the Air Force Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Jeff received a Master's degree in Economics from the London School of Economics, which he attended under a British Marshall Scholarship. Jeff is the author of VBTrain.Net™: Creating Computer and Web Based Training with Visual Basic® .NET and co-wrote The ToolBook® Companion. He has had numerous articles on training development published and is a frequent presenter at conferences both in the U.S. and Europe. Jeff lives in Colorado Springs with his wife Sue and sons Derek and Michael.

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User Comments

  • Another great book by Jeff Rhodes. The title of the review says it all. I have been developing e-Learning, starting in ToolBook, since 1995. Later I moved on to Flash and now am doing some work in Silverlight. Since Silverlight is not a mature product when it comes to e-Learning development, Jeff's book has been invaluable in the creation of not only module content but Silverlight assemblies, behaviors, and custom controls. I would highly recommend this book to any e-Learning developer using any of the three development platforms covered in this book.
  • I just happened last evening to come on to an important discovery through your book. At one point, when reviewing the various means of programming the "Beatles" album line-up, you mention that certain things take longer using the Actions Editor because it does not support dynamic object referencing. Voila! After having built some nested loop structures for just that purpose and having come down to the head-scratching point about how I was going to dynamically set the properties of a matrix of buttons on my screen, I was spared the effort. Can't be done. That saved me a lot of grief.
  • If you are new to development, I would suggest starting by placing a bookmark near the back of the book, at the beginning of the session on OOP. You might even read through it quickly first. But then go to the front of the book, and work through it in order. Don’t skip around. You can trust Rhodes. He isn’t going to leave you high and dry.
  • The chapter on the glossary function in Flash was what I was really looking forward to reading. We've struggled for ages trying to figure out how to do pop-ups in Flash. The answer was blindingly simple - and even though I have (had) a programmer who cost me $90k per year it took you to tell me how to do it!. Similarly, my so-called professional programmer took 3 months to produce a drag and drop solution for me. It is so complex and so over engineered that I can't understand how to use it. If only I had had your book to guide me:).
  • This book is unique in that it shows you, step by step, how to do the same task using different tools, this provides an insight into other tools that you may not fully understand but you must work with. Even if you don't personally build the Flash content, having an understanding can help you explain to your Flash programmer your specific requirements and if they too had a copy of this book then they would have some understanding of ToolBook. I am confident that you will find this book an invaluable addition to your library.
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