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II. The Server-Side Languages > 9. Flash Remoting and PHP

Chapter 9. Flash Remoting and PHP

When Flash Remoting was first introduced, you had no choice but to use either ColdFusion MX (which comes with Flash Remoting) or purchase Flash Remoting MX for J2EE (Java) or .NET from Macromedia. The reason for this was that the protocol used by Flash Remoting, Action Message Format (AMF), is proprietary to Macromedia and they chose not to release any specifications about it.

Since then, a resourceful programmer named Wolfgang Hamann managed to reverse engineer AMF. Soon after AMF was decoded, an open source project with the goal of creating a fully compatible PHP-based Flash Remoting gateway was born. This project, AMFPHP (http://www.amfphp.org), is well on its way to meeting its goal. At the time of this writing, AMFPHP supports connecting Flash to specially defined PHP classes or SOAP-based web services.


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