Quickie: Shared Object Fiddling

By sgrosvenor

Personal Hit Counter Shared Object Example >>

Messing around with code in Flash MX / MX 2004 can produce some interesting results, some more useful than others, and in this case a quick and dirty personal hit counter for the number of times you have visited the site you implement the code on, along the lines of ‘You have been here xx times’ using the Shared Object.

Whilst displaying the result of the following code may seem a trite overboard, it does have uses and implementations; for example…

You could easily trigger functions to be called using a simple switch statement allowing you to conditionally display information based on the number of times a user has been to the site

You could change the navigation structure to suit the needs of the user based upon their click habits; the list goes on…so feel free to experiment

sObjVisits = SharedObject.getLocal("userVisitsLocal");
if (sObjVisits.data.visits == undefined) {
sObjVisits.data.visits = 1;
} else {
sObjVisits.data.visits = sObjVisits.data.visits+1;
howManyVisits = sObjVisits.data.visits;
visits.text = "been here "+howManyVisits+" times";

  • egoldy

    How can I count total visits Num?Thanks a lot.

  • egoldy

    How can I count all visits number.

  • sgrosvenor

    Well, that requires scripting to store the variables on the web server itself, either in a text file or database, here is an example of a PHP/mySQL hit counter

    PHP/mySQL Hit Counter in Flash >>

  • pierre

    You have to think of the Flash Share Object as a client cookie, because it effectively create a file in the client system, and nothing on the server side…I use it here to save various variables as well as a text !

  • And what’s the minimum Flash Player requirement for using Shared Objects? v7?

  • sgrosvenor

    Nope, the Shared Object was available in Flash MX for design,and for playback Player v6

  • Chuck

    Question: is it possible to write a .time or .date to SO’s? I found this article for how to do it in ActionScript 3 (in CS3).

    Know any way to do it???

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