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AMFPHP 1.0 released

Wednesday, January 11, 2006 12:15:10 PM

I just got a blurb from Patrick Mineault of AMFPHP.org that version 1.0 is out.

December 25th, 2005 - amfphp 1.0 has finally been released after 3 years of beta. amfphp is an open-source Flash Remoting gateway. It’s fast, reliable, 100% free and open-source. Flash Remoting is a technology built into the Flash player core that enables sending data between the server and the client seemlessly. If you've built XML-based rich internet apps you know how much of a pain it can be to serialize the data, debug, and integrate into your application. With Flash Remoting, you can call remote methods from the Flash client and the arguments will end up in the native remote language, and will come back to Flash correctly typed, so there's no messing with serialization at all.

This release brings stability, performance, compatibility and copious documentation. amfphp may be downloaded from amfphp.org.

It's still the best way for Flash to communicate with PHP.

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Another great tool for debugging remoting

Monday, September 12, 2005 9:12:54 AM

My last entry was about a great tool for debugging Flash Remoting applications, allowing you to view all headers, requests, and responses. Well, there is another similar tool that is just as good -- called Charles, available at http://xk72.com/charles/. It is also useful for any type of web development, as it shows detailed info on pages as you view them in your browser (scripts, css, etc). It has come in handy for AJAX development as well.

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Great Tool for Debugging Remoting

Monday, August 29, 2005 6:24:56 PM

Kevin Langdon has sent me information about a new product of his that simply blew me away -- it's the kind of thing that a tool like Flash should have built in, but doesn't. If you've used the NetConnection debugger before, you know that it can be a pain to work with, and is very incomplete. Kevin's tool supplies info about all http traffic -- including remoting method calls and responses, and all AMF header code as well. It's all very simple to set up and install as well. I used TCPTrace and similar tools while I was writing the Flash Remoting book, but this tool would have saved me a lot of time and aggravation. Those other tools required using different ports and changing URLs in your .fla. This one doesn't. I recommend it highly for any Flash Remoting work, or other rich internet application work (web services too).

Check it out at http://www.kevinlangdon.com/serviceCapture.

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Blog item on using HTTPS with remoting

Friday, August 19, 2005 4:06:10 PM

Gary Matthew Rogers posted on his blog today (and at the amfphp forum) about how he was able to make HTTPS work with Flash Remoting in Internet Explorer. This is one of those things that has perplexed many people, so hopefully this will help ease the pain. Check it out at http://www.gmrweb.net/2005/08/18/flash-remoting-https-internet-explorer/

Another article that may help using HTTPS on an IIS server using Remoting was written by Rob Reinhardt at Community MX. It's a commercial tutorial, but worth the cash if you are having problems getting HTTPS working. It's at http://www.communitymx.com/abstract.cfm?cid=AF979

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New article on bare-bones remoting

Friday, August 19, 2005 4:00:44 PM

Joey Lott has done something unique with his new article on Remoting -- made it simple enough for anyone to understand, and also did it without the need for any Flash Remoting components. The article is called "Flash Remoting Made Simple" and is featured at Community MX this week at http://www.communitymx.com/abstract.cfm?cid=30DA8. It's a commercial article, but well worth the couple bucks if you have had problems understanding the various components out there. Joey uses the native NetConnection object of the Flash player (available since Flash Player 6). I documented this as well in the book Flash Remoting: The Definitive Guide, but always preferred to use the components. However, one advantage that Joey points out is that the new components add 7K to the .swf -- and are unnecessary for many simple remoting applications. Of course, you can't take advantage of recordsets and the debugger, but for many applications this may be the way to go.

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