The goal of this chapter is to provide an overview of connecting Flash to a Microsoft .NET application. We assume basic familiarity with .NET concepts in order to focus on Flash Remoting as it related to ASP.NET development. If you need more background information on .NET, consult the resources cited in Appendix B. This chapter covers:
The best way to implement a Flash Remoting connection to a .NET application
Converting .NET datatypes into ActionScript datatypes and vice versa
Using the ADO.NET database connectivity library to connect with SQL, Access, and XML data sources
Dealing with state management between .NET and Flash Remoting
Error handling and throwing exceptions from a .NET application to a Flash application
Flash Remoting for .NET must be purchased separately from Macromedia, although a trial version is available. Refer to Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 for more on .NET support and configuration.