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What It Is

In many respects, building a dynamic Flash application is no different from building a similar application in Dreamweaver MX 2004. Both pull content from a database, both have to pull that content through ColdFusion, and both display the content in a browser. They differ in the way they communicate with the server and the browser. If the dynamic application is assembled in Dreamweaver, the information has to move through the HTTP Communication layer discussed in Chapter 5, “Planning the Look.” Flash does it a bit differently. Remoting uses a technology called Action Message Format (AMF), which enables Flash to communicate directly with ColdFusion, thus bypassing the HTTP Communication Layer completely. This makes testing on your computer a breeze, and it is why dynamic Flash presentations are so fast.

Having established that the process is not unfamiliar, here are some of the advantages Flash Remoting offers you:


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