Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

Flex and Ajax: The Hybrid Store

Category: Adobe, Ajax, Flash

With the release of the latest version of Flex from Adobe Labs comes an enhanced version of the Flex-Ajax bridge. It’s this new bridge that Christophe Coenrates investigates in a new post on his blog.

As an example of using Ajax and Flex together, I put together a hybrid version of Flexstore: The filter panel is implemented in Ajax (using the Yahoo slider), and the actual list of products (with sophisticated filtering animations) is implemented in Flex.

There is sometimes a misconception that Flex is an “all or nothing” proposition. This application provides a simple example of Flex adding value to an HTML page.

Included in the post is a live version of the store (requiring Flash Player 8.5 beta 2) and links to the full Flex store as well as some more information on the Flex-Ajax Bridge.

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 7:48 am

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Doesn’t work with Firefox.

Comment by Q — March 22, 2006

It works fine in Firefox, but as Chris mentions, this sample requires the Flash player 8.5 beta 2 available at

Comment by Christophe Coenraets — March 22, 2006

requires flash plugin; that says it all. I will steer clear. With all the great tools we have at our disposal, why turn to Flash; in fact why turn to anything that requires a 3rd-party plugin?

Comment by jj — March 24, 2006

You niave pillock….Use tools that best suit the job and requirement the least amount of work to implement. please stop going on about 3rd party plugins…..How else are you going to provide video or audio to your users?

Comment by Rick — February 6, 2007

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