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Chapter 11. Flash Remoting

Server-Side ActionScript (SSAS) supported by FlashCom 1.5.2 does not offer all the same features as client-side ActionScript. SSAS does not support the LoadVars or XML classes used by client-side ActionScript to load external data. With FlashCom applications, you cannot directly access server-side scripts, CGI applications, XML files, or the local filesystem. The good news is you can use Flash Remoting to communicate with an application server to accomplish these necessary tasks.

Flash Remoting has two parts: the client-side API used to create a connection to an application server and a server gateway that acts as the bridge between the client logic and the application server. The client-side APIs are built into the FlashCom Server as well as the Flash Player. This chapter discusses the entire Flash Remoting process but will focus on the client-side API used to connect to the application server. Throughout this chapter, the term client refers to either a SWF running in the Flash Player or a FlashCom application. That is, when using Flash Remoting with FlashCom, the FlashCom Server acts as the client. The techniques provided are valid for either situation.


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