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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 retrieves employee records from a database so the user can update them. This is by no means a new concept, but I'd like to try a different approach. Forget about HTML, or even Flash forms for that matter, and see what Flex has to offer. If you've done any ColdFusion component development then I ... (more)

Web Services in a Flash

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 th... (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 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)

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)