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Chapter 20. Building Flash Remoting Serv... > About Building Flash Remoting Servic...

About Building Flash Remoting Services

Let’s face it: HTML is starting to show some gray hairs. Restrictive formatting options, lack of client-side programming runtime, and constant page refreshes make HTML a less-than-perfect interface for web applications that require sophisticated user interactivity. Still, HTML’s tag-based coding model and simplicity make it easily accessible to a wide audience of aspiring developers. Even more important, web browsers are a standard component of any operating system, making HTML the lingua franca of the web.

Technologies do exist to extend web browser functionality, including JavaScript, Java applets, DHTML, and ActiveX. Yet, there is another option. If you look at the installed applications on your computer, you’ll likely find the Flash Player. In fact, industry figures have cited that the Flash Player installation base runs well above 90 percent of PC users. Although best known for animated intro movies for web sites, Flash offers an attractive alternative to HTML and other technologies by providing vector-based animation tools and a client-side programming model, all in one small package.


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