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1. Introduction to Flash Remoting > 1.1. What Is Flash Remoting?

What Is Flash Remoting?

These are exciting times. Macromedia is attempting to change the way application developers create web-based applications.

Flash Remoting constitutes a complete rethinking of how web applications are constructed. Using Flash Remoting, you can create complex client/server applications that more closely resemble desktop applications than traditional web pages. For those of you familiar with traditional Windows-style programming IDEs, Flash Remoting is roughly the web equivalent of a Visual Basic client/server application. This chapter presents a broad overview of Flash Remoting.

Flash Remoting technology is at the center of Macromedia’s Studio MX product suite, linking the server platforms with the client-side tools. Flash Remoting is built into Macromedia’s two application servers—ColdFusion MX and JRun 4. In addition, programmers using other technologies, such as ASP.NET or J2EE application servers, can purchase the Flash Remoting MX package so that Flash Remoting can be utilized on those servers. Although Macromedia doesn’t officially support other languages, open source implementations are available for PHP (the AMFPHP project at http://www.amfphp.org) and Perl (the FLAP project at http://www.simonf.com/flap). There is also an open source Flash Remoting for Java implementation (OpenAMF at http://www.openamf.org).


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