Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

Extending Ajax with the Flash/JavaScript Integration Kit

Category: Articles

Kris Hadlock has written an article on Extending AJAX with the Flash/JavaScript Integration Kit.

This fits in with the recent Flex announcements, as it goes through explaining the JavaScript Flash Integration Kit including:

FlashProxy

<script type=”text/javascript”>

var uid = new Date().getTime();
var flashProxy = new FlashProxy(uid, path to…/JavaScriptFlashGateway.swf’);

function highlightItem(param, newcolor) {…}

</script>

Summary

Extending AJAX with Flash creates a very unique user experience that one technology would have trouble producing. By leveraging these technologies to focus on their strong points, the application becomes more modular, which makes it more scalable, leaving room for expansion. Most importantly, it makes the user experience more responsive, which in turn makes it more usable and intuitive to the user. The Flash /JavaScript Integration Kit makes the extension simple by providing a wrapper for direct communication between Flash and JavaScript.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 3:47 pm
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Will there ever be a version of flash that creates flash applets as first class DOM nodes? (I realise this would probably require extensive browser integration).

I *really* want to be able to use a flash applet as I would any other HTMLElement, eg: layering, clipping, z-index, opacity, non-pixel value dimensions, *CSS SUPPORT*, natural auto resizing, ability to support full range of W3C DOM events, sitting in its own xml namespace.

If I had *all* of that, then I could consider flash ready for integration into nice DHTML+AJAX applications.

It would also be good if you could use it nicely with XBL.

Comment by David Toso — October 13, 2005

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