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Part II: Technology > Foundation Communication Server

Chapter 8. Foundation Communication Server

In my opinion, the Flash Communication Server (FCS) is the coolest product Macromedia has ever produced. Because it’s not always clear what FCS offers over straight Macromedia Flash MX 2004, or when it’s an appropriate solution, the primary goal of this chapter is to provide a technical foundation on which you can build while making pure FCS applications. Naturally, you’ll be able to add FCS features to other applications, but the examples found here are pure FCS apps. The big step you’ll have to take after reading this chapter is to first come up with a cool idea and then work out a solution. (I expect the skills acquired here will make that possible.)

Specifically, this chapter covers the following topics:

  • How to configure and maintain your installed copy of Flash Communication Server

  • How to use remote shared objects to share variables between connected users

  • How to publish and play live or recorded streams (including MP3s)


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