[REBOL] [OT]: REBOL/MX and Flash Remote ?
From: jason::cunliffe::verizon::net at: 1-May-2002 12:52
Interesting things cooking at Macromedia. The free trial preview version of
'ColdfusionMX' has been released. As I understand it this is a really new
version of ColdFusion server, re-written in Java based on J2EE.
It's targeted at webservices and better FlashMX integration. The Google API
seems to be waking a lot of people up. ColdFusionMX introduces 'Flash Remote' -
communications with the server are now in a binary stream, allowing people to
An example of Flash Acsionscript to Google is at
Discussion thread in progress on the flashcoders list.
<quote from Branden Hall this morning>
Flash does connect to web services through Flash Remoting. The CF was needed
in the case of the Google API so that the web service could be routed
through the Flash Remoting server (security reasons more about this below).
You are correct in saying Flash can't directly connect to a web service, it
needs to have the request routed through the FR server first. However, if
the web service lives on the server you are connecting to you don't have to
have *any* server side code to do that connection.
Basically, we've got a new layer that drops into place and lets Flash be a
consumer of web services without having to deal with the innate problems of
web services, such as the extreme verbosity of SOAP. In addition, allowing
Flash to remotely connect to web services directly would be a *huge*
security hole since Flash and is why Flash can't connect to any remote data
without some form of authentication first (i.e. System.security.allowDomain)
<quote from Mike Chambers at Macromedia>
... so, are there things that are possible with Flash Remoting that were not
possible with Flash 5 and XML? i can't think of anything. Is using Flash
Remoting ridiculously easier and faster than using XML. definitely yes.
It seems Flash Remote will work with more than just ColdFusion, though none have
yet been released. Presumably REBOL could play here too. It's not clear yet what
the requirements are.
What about a REBOL/MX - small fast server module to take advantage of FlashMX
and run with /View /IOS etc ?
Besides the potential for REBOL-FLash inter-applications, I think the buzz
around 'MX' and the persentation of ideas could be be good for REBOL. imo REBOL
and REBOL/IOS needs an intro similar to ColdFusionMX: