It's a long time since I have used Flash (version 6(MX)). I got quite good at it, writing games and so on, but flash has moved on quite a bit since then.
I have been tasked with building a desktop/booth application that uses a lot of images, videos and text.
There will be a number of them in different galleries in a public museum and they will each display in-depth information about the items in that particular gallery.
The information will come from a database(perhaps xml) and the users will use a touch screen to navigate through the info, play videos etc...
The booths will have access to the internet and servers on the network.
I have a few questions. It would be great if someone could point me in the right direction.
1. Should FLEX play a part in this project?
2. Am I right in thinking that FLEX is something that runs on the server which interprets MXML files then pushes flash to the client via a browser?
3. If the answer to 2 is Yes, I think that I probably shouldn't use flex. If that is the case, does flash now have a way of directly accessing databases or do I still need to write server side scripts(eg php) to carry out queries on the database and then call the scripts remotely from within flash?