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I. Remoting Fundamentals > 4. Flash Remoting Internals

Chapter 4. Flash Remoting Internals

I learned how to program by pulling apart existing programs and trying to figure out how they worked. This was back in 1982, when the hottest computer around was the Commodore 64. My approach was to load an existing program, run it, and then look at the code line by line. I would comment each line of the code with my observations of what the program was doing. After some practice, I got pretty good at discovering what other people’s code did. I also got pretty good at writing my own code.

The code was assembly language. Although the properties, methods, and events of modern-day languages make it easy to accomplish complex tasks with one or two lines of code, a simple statement like myService.getSearchResults( string ) might require hundreds of lines of assembly language. Little wonder that I went through 7,000 sheets of tractor-feed printer paper. Despite its drawbacks, the flip side of assembly language is that it gives you access to the core underpinnings of the software and hardware. If you understand the assembly language, you really understand everything the program does.


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