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04-18-2008, 05:34 PM
Hi there,

It's a long time since I have used Flash (version 6(MX)). I got quite good at it, writing games (http://www.dundeecity.gov.uk/christmas_game/main.html) 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?

Best regards,


04-18-2008, 09:28 PM
1) It could. You could also be looking at using Apollo (http://labs.adobe.com/wiki/index.php/Apollo) which would be a true desktop application.

2) Correct, MXML is the coding language for Flex which is packaged as Flash for the client.

3) Flex (I'm pretty sure) still plays by the same rules as Flash, so it requires a server side script to fully interact with a database, which of course they suggest using Cold Fusion (also Adobe).

I'm no expert on it, and have only dabbled with it, but most of this info is straight off their site.