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Data Management Components

For me, the inclusion of the six so-called Data components is what justifies Flash MX Professional 2004. Unlike the user interface (UI) components, the Data components have no visual component. Instead, they only help you connect to outside data, manage complex data inside Flash, and gracefully track any subsequent changes to the data (while in Flash) so that updates sent back to the server can be kept to a minimum. Integral supplements to the Data components are the Bindings and Schema tabs in the Component Inspector. The rest of this chapter shows you both the concepts behind the Data components and a clear idea about how to use them.

The Data Component Concept

The six Data components include two each of three general types: connectors, managers, and resolvers (see Figure 7.4).


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