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Flash Remoting the Definitive Guide


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Preface Part I. Remoting Fundamentals 1. Introduction to Flash Remoting What Is Flash Remoting? How Does Flash Remoting Work? Benefits Flash Remoting Requirements Supported Platforms Hello World Workflow Example Architecture for Flash Remoting Applications 2. Installing, Configuring, and Using Flash Remoting Installing Flash Remoting Naming Your Services The Authoring Environment Sequence of Events in Flash Making a Remote Call 3. Client/Server Interaction, UI Components, and RecordSets User Interface Components Flash UI Components Set 2 and Flash Charting Controls Macromedia's DRK Text Objects Building Forms in Flash MX The RecordSet Class DataGlue 4. Flash Remoting Internals The NetConnection Class Using NetServices Creating Responder Functions RecordSet Object The Timeline Catching Errors Registering Objects Part II. The Server-Side Languages 5. Flash Remoting and ColdFusion MX Introduction to ColdFusion MX How ColdFusion Fits into Flash Applications Service Name Mappings ColdFusion Pages Versus ColdFusion Components Loading Query Data Incrementally ColdFusion Security: Authenticating Users Updating Data on the Server 6. Server-Side ActionScript What Is Server-Side ActionScript? The CF Object When to Use Server-Side ActionScript Datatype Conversions Handling Errors with try/catch Extending Server-Side ActionScript with Java 7. Flash Remoting and Java The Flash Remoting Gateway Supported Platforms Setting Up Flash Remoting for J2EE Service Types Datatype Conversions Service Lookup Invoking Service Methods Architecture and Design Referencing the Request and Session Saving and Sharing State Databinding Security OpenAMF 8. Flash Remoting and .NET Overview of .NET Connecting to .NET Datatype Conversions Database Access with ADO.NET State Management Error Handling in Flash Remoting with .NET 9. Flash Remoting and PHP Introduction to PHP Installing AMFPHP Datatype Conversions Using AMFPHP with Web Services Using AMFPHP with PHP Classes Working with a Database Part III. Advanced Flash Remoting 10. Calling Web Services from Flash Remoting What Is a Web Service? Why Use Flash Remoting? Web Services from a ColdFusion Server Web Services from an ASP.NET Server Wrapping J2EE and JRun Web Services Web Services from PHP BabelFish Web Service Datatype Conversions Creating a Flash MX Web Service Extension 11. Extending Objects and UI Controls Principles Behind UI Components DataProviderClass and DataGlue Enhancing a Standard Control Enhancing the RecordSet Class for Interactivity Adding Validation to a TextField 12. Flash Remoting Best Practices Separation of Tasks Separation of Functionality Server-Proofing the Application Component Use Clean API Loops and Repeated Operations OOP or Not OOP ColdFusion RecordSets Implementing Caching What to Walk Away With 13. Testing and Debugging Debugging Flash Remoting Applications Trapping Errors The Flash ActionScript Debugger NetConnection Debugger Trace Debugging Testing Server-Side Code Using a TCP Trace Utility Debugging SQL Code 14. Real-World Application General Considerations Requirements Specifications The Modules Flash Remoting Code Testing and Debugging Completed Application Future Expansion 15. Flash Remoting API Part IV. Appendixes A. ActionScript Datatype Conversion B. Books and Online Resources C. Specification and Implementation for a Real-World Application Index

About the Author

Tom Muck is coauthor of six Macromedia-related books including O'Reilly's Flash Remoting: The Definitive Guide, and the bestseller, Dreamweaver UltraDev 4: The Complete Reference. He is an extensibility expert focused on the integration of Macromedia products with ColdFusion, ASP, PHP, and other languages, applications, and technologies and is a founding member of Community MX ( When not in front of the computer, Tom works on his Hong Kong movie collection. Once an aspiring heavy-metal musician, Tom is now content in his old age to sit on the porch playing the blues on his harmonica and banging out Robert Johnson songs on his beat-up acoustic guitar.

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