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Chapter 25. Web Services and Flash > Why Use Web Services?

Why Use Web Services?

Some time ago, I was working on a sales force application that managed all the retail outlets for a client's sales force. I made all the Flash pieces and the objects necessary for it to work, but when I started testing it with live data, it wouldn't return all the correct information. I looked through the database itself at the point where it was getting hung up, and lo and behold, there was an ampersand in not only one, but a few of the store names. Remember back in Chapter 20, “Introduction to Data Integration,” where you were introduced to data integration with Flash? You learned that name/value pairs are separated by ampersands. This means that when the parser reached the store name with the ampersand, it would think that part of the name was data, and the other part was the beginning of the next name/value pair, like this:

The original store name: A&B Grocery


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