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Benefits

One of the key benefits of using Flash Remoting over XML or traditional HTML applications is that the application server no longer needs to handle any of the parsing or presentation of information. This frees resources on the server so that it can be better equipped to deal with more complex application logic and/or more users. In addition, session management can be handled on the client inside of the Flash movie rather than on the server. The server still keeps track of the session, but the developer doesn’t have to jump through hoops to keep track of users who don’t have cookies or track a user session across multiple pages. This equates to huge savings in development time and server resources.

Why Not XML?

I’ve talked about the benefits of Flash Remoting, but why not use XML? After all, using XML you could encapsulate all of the client/server communication within an ActionScript object and provide a simple API to transfer complex datatypes serialized with XML between Flash and the server. This would have the advantage of not requiring a server-side gateway and would work with Flash Player 5.


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