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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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Programming for e-Learning Developers
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User Comments

  • I just finished Jeff Rhodes's new book "Programming for e-Learning Developers." I think it is fantastic and highly recommend it. I have been simultaneously learning ToolBook and ActionScript 3 and his book falls right into place. It explains, in simple, easy to understand language, how the same e-Learning events are produced in not only ToolBook and Flash, but Javascript and Silverlight as well. Even if you have no plans on learning another programming language, his ToolBook examples and explanations (both Actions Editor AND OpenScript) alone are worth reading.
  • I particularly like the way Rhodes deals with the usual things that are hard to explain and get right. He is, for example, very good about giving the reader warnings about things that can go wrong. He even addressed practices that open JavaScript up to script attacks – something every developer needs to be keenly aware of these days.
  • 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:).
  • I can't imagine what a process it was to write this for each of the programming environments....what a hellacious challenge!
  • I like the concept of teaching the same technique in multiple languages. The reader will gain a much deeper understanding through this compare and contrast approach. All in all, this is a really nice hands-on book!
  • This is an absolute MUST HAVE! For many years now training developers have needed to use more than just one tool to build effective, engaging interactive training, few will disagree that there is not one tool that can do everything. So where does that leave us? We need to be "Jack of all and master of ..." This one book will help you understand the different coding techniques and syntaxes between different tools and programming languages. No, you don't need to be a programmer either.
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