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Of course the latest buzzword in the world of Internet applications is Web services. So we're assuming that you already know what a Web service (WS) is and we're not going to worry about creating one. This article will focus on accessing a Web service using Flash Remoting, and displaying the information in a rich Flash UI. We'll be looking into the emfusion.com Web service which supplies the latest news and information to many organizations. The emfusion engine gathers up-to-the-minute content and makes it accessible to developers and Web administrators through a WS. Although there are many methods available through the emfusion WS, we'll be focusing on two basic ones that allow us to access the necessary data for display in the Flash movie. The emfusion WS we'll be accessing is a scaled-down version for developers to access and test with the application that will b... (more)

Get Connected with Flash Debugging

With Flash Remoting on the rise we're beginning to see a plethora of advanced Flash applications hit the Web. I'm not talking about silly Web site intros or loading screens, but full-blown Web applications such as shopping carts, e-mail clients, content management systems, and expense reporting. Flash Remoting allows developers to do so much more with applications by utilizing Flash MX as the UI while serving up dynamic content from ColdFusion MX (or any application server that supports Flash Remoting). As Flash applications become increasingly more complex, the harder they beco... (more)

Flash Remoting with Macromedia's DesDev Feed

I wanted to write an article that would be useful to the developer community. Since Flash is gaining ground as a powerful development tool, this article will focus on using Flash to create a rich UI hooked up to a ColdFusion component. An effective Web site cannot exist without content, so this article will show you how to pull dynamic content into Flash. Pulling content from across the Web into Flash may be much easier than you expected. We're going to look at utilizing Macromedia's Designer & Developer (DesDev) XML feed. This XML feed will be pulled locally to our server, and ... (more)

Flash Up Your Forms with Components

Flash MX has hit the streets, and some amazing applications are already under development. Macromedia has gone above and beyond by providing us with this fully functional Web development tool. Now with drag-and-drop components such as scrollbars, list boxes, calendars, and much more, developers can harness the power of reusable code. This will dramatically enhance the development process as well as cut down the time it takes to maintain and debug Flash applications. No longer "just an animation tool," as it has been labeled in the past, the new Flash has given rise to more full... (more)

ColdFusion Meets Flash

Most developers use Flash for animation and Web site introductions, but aren't aware of how powerful a scripting environment it is. Now in Flash 5, ActionScript is larger than life and is here to stay. It's pretty much a programming language with access to variables, expressions, arrays, objects, and user-defined functions. ActionScript is very similar to JavaScript and both are based on the ECMA-262 specification. Developers rave about how great ColdFusion is for rapidly developing e-commerce sites and its ease of use. Flash advocates can't get over its small file sizes, cross-b... (more)