Exchanging Data with Outside Services · · · · How to pass data between application servers and Flash using Flash Remoting How to use the data components found in Flash MX Professional 2004 How to use the Component Inspector to define schemas and set up bindings How Flash Remoting compares to Flash's native SOAP support Note 125 What Do You Need? This chapter covers tools that you may need to install or purchase separately. Specifically, Flash Remoting can be installed on several different application servers--although it comes free with ColdFusion MX. The 30-day trial of ColdFusion is perfectly suitable because after the trial period you can continue to use it in a limited manner as the "production version." Flash MX Professional 2004 is required to use the data management components. This gives you direct access to web services as well as data binding. Actually, any time you see the Component Inspector's Bindings or Schema tab, you'll know you're looking at the pro version. Realize that even if you only have the standard edition of Flash, this chapter can give you a clear idea of what the pro version offers. If your app needs to perform the sorts of tasks demonstrated here, you owe it to yourself to get the pro version. That said, you can still do lots of things with just the standard version, too. Flash Remoting Flash Remoting isn't so much a product as it is a feature supported in Flash. Remoting is a way that Flash apps can directly invoke methods residing on your application server. This means, anything