good points - I've come to rely on external , usually JS, routines for most of
the heavy lifting in these areas. This is especially helpful w/ XML handling. I
hadn't meant to imply that F5 should be used to develop monolithic applications ,
but IMO it has advanced to the point that Flash UI components are viable within
the context of 'real" applications.
Jordan Duggan wrote:
> 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
> Love to keep talking, but have to run into a meeting. Look forward to more
> Jordan Duggan
> Chief Creative Officer
> Indicium Design
> Voice: 919-829-0650
> Cell: 919-696-7936
> Fax: 801-912-1503
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