We've had very good feedback from the first part of the ColdFusion Flash Forms article published at Macromedia. Thank you!
Many of you have asked when the second part is going to be published. The answer is: soon! But some readers have asked Macromedia and us to be able to see it sooner. So we decided to post it here for download until it is finally published at the Macromedia Developer Center.
Update: The article has been published by Adobe, so these are the new links
The Real Estate Sample Application - Part 2: Managing Property Listings through Flash Forms
Related posts: ColdFusion Flash Forms Macromedia Developer Center article - Part 1
We are happy to announce that the first part of a series of two articles, "The Real Estate Sample Application - Part 1: Building the Search Functionality", has been published at the Macromedia Developer Center. It's a walk through a Flash Forms sample application that uses Flash Remoting. You can view it running here. Before anyone asks, this is the almost-finished application, so it contains features not explained in the article and downloadable code. You will need to wait until the second part for that.
As always, you are welcomed to comment about it or ask any question here.
The Real Estate Sample Application – Part 1: Building the Search Functionality
One of the lesser-known features of the Flash Remoting gateway is to act as a proxy to a web service. Using this proxy, you can effectively circumvent the cross-domain restrictions in the flash player, as all calls are local to the flash movie.
It turns out to be very easy to make the call. It is almost exactly the same as calling a local CFC
In the Introduction to Flash Remoting post, I explained how to connect to a Flash Remoting gateway. I believe that the most difficult part when using Remoting, however, is knowing how to manage the transfer of data from and to the server. This transfer happens when Flash makes a call to a service and sends parameters, and when the server sends a response (not a void function). I will first briefly explain how to send and receive any type of data and then go through all the data types available and show you how to handle them.
From our current poll on your opinion about Flash Remoting with CFForm, it is clear that most of our readers are excited about it. There are others, however, that either find it too complex or do not know what Remoting is.
I will try to help both groups by explaining what Remoting is and how it can be used.