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What Is Flash Remoting?

Macromedia Flash Remoting, in technical terms, is an application server gateway that provides communications between Flash and remote services. I will revisit the definition throughout this chapter to bring more clarity to the meaning. In practical terms, Flash Remoting is a tunnel that allows data to flow between an external data source and the Flash Player within your web browser.

Although many other methods exist for connecting Flash to external data—built-in functions such as getURL, loadVariables, loadVars, and XMLSocket—Flash Remoting is becoming the recommended method to connect to databases and web services. What makes Flash Remoting so different?


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