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Foundation Flash CS4 for Designers by Tom Green, David Stiller

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Chapter 13. XML (DYNAMIC DATA)

Flash is a social creature. Not only does it rub elbows with HTML—coexisting happily with text, JavaScript, images, audio, video, CSS, and more—but it can also reach out past its own SWF boundaries to collaborate with data hosted on a server.

In the hands of an experienced programmer, Flash can interact with database applications by way of the URLLoader and 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 ...

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