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Flash Player 7 security and Flash Remoting

Wednesday, September 17, 2003 10:56:35 AM

One thing that has changed in the Flash Player 7 that relates to Flash Remoting is the way that security is implemented. If you are using Flash Remoting, or any other form of data loading (LoadVars, web services, or XML) you should set up a cross-domain.xml file at the root of your server. This should include any domains that might access resources on your server. This should also include any SUB-domain. The cross-domain policy file on this site looks like this:

<?xml version="1.0"?><!DOCTYPE cross-domain-policy SYSTEM "http://www.macromedia.com/xml/dtds/cross-domain-policy.dtd">
<cross-domain-policy>
<allow-access-from domain="www.flash-remoting.com" />
<allow-access-from domain="flash-remoting.com" />
<allow-access-from domain="*.flash-remoting.com" />
<allow-access-from domain="www.communitymx.com" />
<allow-access-from domain="communitymx.com" />
</cross-domain-policy>

I have it set up so that any movies on this site will be able to access the Flash Remoting gateway through www.flash-remoting.com and also flash-remoting.com. The wildcard allows me to use other subdomains as well, such as php.flash-remoting.com or other subdomains that I may decide to set up one day. Also, I have Community MX listed so that I can set up movies at Communitymx.com and allow the movies to access my Flash Remoting gateway.

More information is available at http://www.macromedia.com/devnet/mx/flash/articles/fplayer_security.html.

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Help update available

Tuesday, September 16, 2003 3:34:39 PM

There is finally an update to the rather bare help system of Flash MX 2004. You can click the update button in the Help panel in Flash to update the contents with new content about components and other things (the missing pieces).

This is a disturbing trend in software. . .first Macromedia decided they didn't need to ship the books with the programs any more. Now they aren't even including the built-in documentation when the product is released. What's next? Fix bugs through an "Update bugs" button on the software? We can only hope. ;-)

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Flash Remoting and Flash MX 2004

Saturday, September 13, 2003 2:48:33 PM

Many people are wondering if Flash Remoting still supported in Flash MX 2004. The answer is "Yes", however I think the next few months will be a transition period. The latest Flash Remoting components from Macromedia still utilize ActionScript 1.0 code, but the good news is that everything still seems to work. In this article I'll try to answer a few of those questions that have appeared since the release of Flash MX 2004 and Flash Professional.

This is the first in a series of articles on Flash MX 2004 and Flash Remoting.(...more)

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ActionScript 2

Friday, September 12, 2003 11:35:50 AM

For those of you chomping at the bit for information about ActionScript 2.0, which is part of Flash MX 2004, check out Joey Lott's site at http://www.person13.com. Joey is a fellow O'Reilly author who just came out with the book ActionScript Cookbook. This book is IMO one of the best Flash books to hit the shelves in years.

Joey's site has two excellent articles about ActionScript 2.0 that will help explain the new syntax, and also links to his O'Reilly articles on Object Oriented Programming that are a must-read.

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Remoting components and some doc links

Thursday, September 11, 2003 4:43:50 PM

Macromedia released the Flash Remoting components for Flash MX 2004 yesterday. You can download them here:

http://www.macromedia.com/software/flashremoting/downloads/components/

Also, thanks to Tim in the comments on my previous post for posting a link to documentation for Flash MX 2004 components

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