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Making connections with Flash and Flickr

For this tutorial we will learn the basics of the Flickr Application Programming Interface (API) and roll it in to an image viewer we can use as our portfolio.

For budding Flash developers, the notion of connecting to a website's Application Programming Interface (or API for short) can be an intimidating thought. If you've never used an API before or fancied learning the basics of how to use Flickr's own, then this is for you. Flickr's API is extremely user friendly, comprehensive and, most of all, fun to use! It was the first I ever used, and I'd wager that once you get your first few pieces of data returned from the API you'll be just as hooked as I am.

In this tutorial we will cover getting the API keys you'll need, using Flickr's API Explorer and tying Flash and Flickr together with an image viewer. Before you begin though, if you haven't already, you'll need to create a Flickr account.

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