Direct SOAP calls from Flash MX

In an InfoWorld article published today, I predicted that users of Flash MX would soon find a way to call web services directly, without going through the ColdFusion-based gateway. Jeremy Allaire wrote me to point out that this has already started to happen.

As Jeremy points out, the sandbox limits this approach to desktop apps that embed the interpreter. Or (Flash experts please chime in) to browsers that locally source the .SWF file? Anyway, it was inevitable. Give people an XML-capable scripting engine and there's no limit to the uses they'll put it to.

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