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Chapter 16. Further Extending Your Appli... > Flash Remoting with ColdFusion

Flash Remoting with ColdFusion

Although HTML is usually enough for most web-based applications, many users expect or demand the features and power of a more typical desktop or client-server application’s heavy clients. Although JavaScript, JScript, and Dynamic Hypertext Markup Language (DHTML) can provide some of the client-side logic and features users demand, many things are just not possible with those technologies. Typically, developers turn to Macromedia Flash to provide rich and powerful web-based clients; but up until now, integrating Flash with ColdFusion or other server-side applications has been a difficult and time-consuming chore. This has all changed with the development of Flash MX and Flash remoting, which we briefly touched on in Chapter 6, “ColdFusion Components.” As we’ll see in this section, working with Flash directly from ColdFusion has become as simple as connecting to databases using CFQUERY!

Flash and ColdFusion Templates

There are different ways to work with Flash from ColdFusion MX, ColdFusion components (CFCs) and web services, server-side ActionScript (AS), and CFML. Although CFCs might be many ColdFusion developers technique of choice, it’s also very simple to communicate with Flash directly from CFML.


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