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Macromedia extends Flash to Java and .net app servers

Macromedia will extend Macromedia Flash Remoting MX to .net and Java application servers, enabling Internet application development for these platforms based on Macromedia's technology.

Macromedia Flash Remoting MX for .net and Java enables integration of Macromedia Flash content with applications built for leading Web application servers.

Macromedia Flash provides a client run-time environment capable of interacting with business logic and data stored on the server. The addition of Macromedia Flash Remoting MX for .net and Java enables developers to build rich Macromedia Flash interfaces using their existing infrastructure.

The latest products extend Macromedia's technology beyond its own ColdFusion MX and JRun platforms to third-party application severs, including IBM WebSphere and BEA WebLogic Server, said David Gruber, Macromedia senior product marketing manager for Flash Remoting MX.

"What's new is we have previously shipped this technology as part of our own server technology," Gruber said. Now, Macromedia is making Flash usable directly with .net and Java technologies, he added.

Developers can access Web application services such as Enterprise Java Beans (EJB), .net components, Macromedia ColdFusion components, or Soap-based Web services through the use of four commands.

"Flash technology brings a rich Windows-like experience inside the context of a browser," Gruber said.

Macromedia Flash Remoting MX for .net supports ASP.net pages, ADO.net objects, DLLs, Assemblies and Web services. The Java version supports Java Objects, Java Beans and J2EE resources including Java classes, EJBs and JMX beans.

Macromedia now can connect to legacy applications that were built in Java but did not support Flash, Gruber said.

Macromedia Flash Remoting MX also includes new capabilities for record set handling and databinding to simplify development.

The new products are available this week and cost $999 (£644) per processor. The functionality also is available natively in Macromedia ColdFusion MX and JRun 4.

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