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Flash Remoting components in beta

Monday, March 08, 2004 1:46:18 PM

There has been a lot of chatter on the public forums about the future of Flash Remoting, but Flash Remoting is alive and kicking. Macromedia is working on the AS 2 version as we speak, which should be available in a month or two. They look great so far, and I'll have more information as it becomes available. There will be ActionScript 2.0 components, and a connector component, which was missing from the initial release of Flash MX 2004.

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New product for ASP.NET remoting

Wednesday, February 18, 2004 11:03:06 AM

I just got a note from the creators of Flashorb -- the alternative to Flash Remoting. They have released their ASP.NET product as a free download, with an upgrade option:

"We just released our .Net version of FlashORB. If you do any .Net work with Flash Remoting, you will definitely enjoy using the product. I believe it is a significant step forward from the Macromedia's way of doing Flash Remoting in .NET. We support all kinds of data types on the server side: primitives, arrays, collections, complex types, named classes, ADO DataSet, remote references. The best part is that there's no need for silly ASObject anymore - FlashORB automatically converts to the appropriate server side types. "

This is especially welcome given all the problems that people are having with Macromedia's ASP.NET implementation, and the massive price of Macromedia's Flash Remoting .dll ($1000). Find more information at http://www.flashorb.com/

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Dreamweaver MX 2004: The Complete Reference

Tuesday, January 20, 2004 3:51:12 PM

Shameless plug: I just got my copy of Dreamweaver MX 2004: The Complete Reference, and I have to say it's the best edition yet. We added quite a bit to this edition to make it a worthwhile addition to your library even if you already have the other editions. The sample site has been expanded greatly and new chapters have been added on Contribute and Homesite integration, CSS vs. table design, and more. Available at Amazon now, and bookstores everywhere.


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Updated help extension for Dreamweaver

Friday, January 16, 2004 9:21:32 AM

Not Flash-related, but if you write ColdFusion code using Dreamweaver, this item may interest you. I've updated one of my most popular Dreamweaver extensions -- the Context Help toolbar. The reason I built the extension was because of the horrible built-in Help system in Dreamweaver. The little reference panel has almost no redeeming value -- you can't copy/paste from it, the lettering is too small, and the text wrap is inconsistent. Some content will wrap, and other content will expand beyond the window. I've always been a fan of the CF Studio help system, so I built the Context Help extension to work similarly. Basically, while you are editing ColdFusion code (or PHP, ASP, etc), you can put your cursor on a keyword or CF tag and click the button or choose Context Help from the right-click menu. The help file from Livedocs will open up in a browser. More info here: http://www.dwteam.com/tutorials/contexthelp/index.asp

For those of you who would rather use your local CF server help files, you can modify one line in the XML file that drives the extension. Information here: http://www.dwteam.com/tutorials/contexthelpext/

Next on my agenda is adding ActionScript help to the extension.

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Great news for FR

Friday, January 09, 2004 9:51:20 AM

Great news on the Flash Remoting front -- Macromedia has committed to incorporating Flash Remoting into their new product Flex. More information can be found on Christophe Coenraets' blog here: http://www.markme.com/cc/archives/004130.cfm. This is partly due to the feedback that MM is receiving about Flash Remoting. Many of us already know that FR is a great technology for communicating between Flash and a server, but now we are getting some support from MM as well. Thanks for listening MM!

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