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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 become to maintain and debug. If it weren't for debugging, applications would produce all sorts of errors and become very unstable. Through extensive testing and debugging, applications can run as expected and generate fewer headaches for both the developer and end user. NetConnection Debugger: A... (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)

Flash MX Web Services vs Remoting

Flash MX 2004 Pro Web service classes or Flash Remoting components for ActionScript 2.0: Which is right for you? This article offers some guidelines. In just three years we've come a long way. It seems like an eternity since the days when I used to code CF pages with dynamic content served up to Flash, but let me stress how rudimentary it was. Flash back to December 14, 2001, when a little site called FlashCFM received Macromedia's Site of the Day designation. On several occasions I received e-mails asking me how on earth FlashCFM received this prestigious award. There was nothi... (more)

Let Macromedia Flex Consume Your CFCs

In previous articles I've written about the power of integrating Flash and ColdFusion to build Rich Internet Applications (RIAs). In this paradigm Flash provides the user interface while ColdFusion is responsible for handling the business logic and sending data to Flash either through Flash Remoting or Web Service calls. In this article I'd like to shift focus a bit and provide a more programmatic approach to building RIAs. By this I mean using XML to create the Flash interface. The answer lies in Macromedia's Flex. This article will walk you through a simple application that retr... (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)