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Chapter 23. Introduction to XML > WDDX/XML and Flash

WDDX/XML and Flash

As you have seen, Flash requires incoming data to be in either name/value pairs or XML. Most programming languages don’t output their data in either of those two formats, so if you’re going to use Flash in conjunction with another back-end program, you’ll need to figure out how to handle the data that is returned.

For example, many programs output data in structures or arrays. You can pass the information from the structure or array into a delimited list and send that to Flash. But you’d have to parse it and rebuild the array in Flash, and that isn’t very efficient. So how do you effectively exchange complex chunks of data? That’s where WDDX comes in.


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