Chapter 7. Exchanging Data with Outside Services

Exchanging Data with Outside Services

This chapter covers advanced ways to exchange data with application servers and web services. In Chapter 6, “Basic Data Exchange,” you actually saw two ways to import and export data (using the LoadVars object and standard XML). The primary limit with both of those approaches is that data must always travel as strings. That is, when you import a number, it arrives in Macromedia Flash MX 2004 as a string. If you send a number out to an application server, it turns to a string. This is a real pain when you consider the work involved in parsing arrays and generic objects that you pass back and forth. ...

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