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RE: Designers: Hello


Dear Sir,

Hello. Flash 5's native support for XML is definitely a leap forward, but
here are a few definite considerations when implementing its use in
applications. Flash has always been notoriously bad with memory management.
In Flash 4 all variables were essentially global variables with no means
what so ever of managing scope other than destroying the symbols which
housed the variables off of the working area. Flash 5 improved memory
management with the ability to create limited scope variables, but the
overall memory space available is still pretty crummy. What this translates
into is a very cramped computing space. This cramped space becomes apparent
when trying to work with even moderately sized XML documents. Flash requires
the entire XML document to be read in before you can perform any type of
analysis or manipulation. Flash uses DOM parsing, which means any attempt to
scan the entire document requires the creation of a set of nested "for"
loops. This type of effort to get a high level view of what comes in seems
like you've take all of the bad attributes of SAX and DOM parsing and put
them into one really inefficient method of processing XML. It would be great
if some sort of RPC or RMI system could be developed so that Flash could
kick out a lightweight XML-RPC (http://www.xmlrpc.com/) and have all of the
memory intensive scanning of larger XML documents be taken care of on the
server as opposed to inside of flash's memory space. The result of the
external scan could then be passed back in via another lightweight XML
document.

Love to keep talking, but have to run into a meeting. Look forward to more
discussion.

Jordan Duggan
Chief Creative Officer
Indicium Design
Voice: 919-829-0650
Cell: 919-696-7936
Fax: 801-912-1503


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-Designers@enhydra.org [mailto:owner-Designers@enhydra.org]On
Behalf Of David H. Young
Sent: Monday, March 05, 2001 3:52 AM
To: Designers@enhydra.org
Subject: Re: Designers: Hello


Hi David,
the idea of initating the designer's alias and the on-the-edge site on
enhydra.org was to find out what integration people wanted to see.
I'm sure there are those at Lutris who have ideas, but we wanted to
float the discussion to get the best all-around perspective.

It depends on what you mean by embedded systems, but Enhydra's
small footprint makes it ideal for that environment.  Enhydra has been
used inside phones to support cool applications.

So, let us know if you have any special insights on Flash and what
enhydra.org should be doing with it.

David

dlb wrote:

> Just saying hello - I'm eager to get up to speed w/ Enhydra
>
> How does the Enhydra development community intend to provide 'more
integrated
> support' for F5 ?
>
> _also what special aptitudes does the Enhydra platform possess towards
embedded
> systems - there seems to be an emphasis in this area.
>
> thanks
> David
>
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Lutris Technologies, Inc.
1200 Pacific Avenue, Suite 300
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 USA
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http://www.lutris.com
http://www.enhydra.org


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