In the hands of an experienced programmer, Flash can interact with database applications by way of the
URLVariables classes, perform web service and Flash remoting calls, and even slap a secret handshake with Ajax, thanks to the
ExternalInterface class. All this from a browser plug-in that began its life as a way to improve on animated GIFs! It's easy to see why Flash has become a widespread phenomenon, and its versatility makes equally social creatures of the countless ...