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Preface > Remoting: More Than Just a Name

Remoting: More Than Just a Name

Flash Remoting is a technology that resides on the remote application server—hence the name. It acts as a gateway to the server and translates client calls from a Flash movie into calls that the server can understand. It is included with ColdFusion MX Server and JRun 4 and offered as an add-on for ASP.NET and J2EE-compatible servers, such as IBM WebSphere. Third-party developers have built versions for PHP and Perl as well.

Prior versions of Flash were able to communicate with a server in a limited fashion using name/value variable pairs or XML. Flash Remoting offers the following advantages over these methods:

  • A Flash movie, through the server-side Flash Remoting gateway, can call server-side methods directly, not merely pass values or files back and forth.


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