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Part: VII Appendixes > Previous Integration Methods

Previous Integration Methods

In previous versions of Flash, Macromedia introduced a way to communicate with applications servers over HTTP. These methods primarily included getURL and loadVariables. With Flash 5, Macromedia extended that functionality with the XML Object. Each method offers pro and cons, and all are still supported by the Flash 6 player.

getURL

The getURL method was first introduced in version 2 of Flash. However, the real functionality was realized in the Flash 4 player when the GET and POST options were added. This has always been a viable solution to send data to a server, but it calls for the Flash movie to redirect the browser to another page. This usually consists of a Flash movie sending variables to a non-Flash page, which, in turn, processes the data. This is also a one-way street because you can only send data from Flash with this method, but not retrieve it.


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