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Old May 15, 2002, 06:38 PM   #1
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Default Post PHP Powers FreeMovie API for Flash

When Macromedia, Inc. released the specification of the Flash (SWF) file format to the public, it opened the way for independent developers to create tools that supplement the Macromedia Flash authoring application and the (now-discontinued) Macromedia Generator.


The FreeMovie project attempts to create a high-level Application Programming Interface (API) to the Macromedia Flash (SWF) file format. Unlike other libraries, FreeMovie is not written in C or C++. Instead, the first implementation of FreeMovie, called FreeMovie/PHP, was written in PHP, with sister implementations in Java, Perl, Python, Ruby, and Tcl to follow in the near future.

Although writing such a library in C or C++ and compiling it as a dynamically loaded library (DLL) would no doubt result in faster code, it also complicates matters for programmers who cannot quickly "take their tools with them" when they move their applications from one operating system to another.

Web application developers who rely on classic compiled DLLs have lots of work to do when they move their work environment to another operating system (or even a different machine). They must often recompile the Web server, the DLLs, and the APIs that make it possible to use DLLs in the scripting language of their choice. This is a serious disadvantage to anyone who's looking for rapid development tools that allow easy integration with the existing environment, quick migration, and portability.

FreeMovie/PHP attempts to solve these problems. It's written entirely in PHP, which makes the library extremely portable and autonomous (it does not depend on any other libraries beyond the standard operating system libraries).

full article here : http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/java...freemovie.html
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