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Doing Web 2.0 research. Can Flex do this? - Macromedia Flex General Discussion

Before we decide on Flex 3 our team has a couple of questions. 1) Can Flex pull in files for certain sections much like an "include" works? For instance, we may want a file just for the header/footer/search form, etc. And for a certain client we may modify these files upon their request. 2) If that include file is change/updated will the Flex application pick up the changes the next time that page is loaded or are there caching issues? 3)...

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    Default Doing Web 2.0 research. Can Flex do this?

    Before we decide on Flex 3 our team has a couple of questions.

    1) Can Flex pull in files for certain sections much like an "include" works?
    For instance, we may want a file just for the header/footer/search form, etc.
    And for a certain client we may modify these files upon their request.

    2) If that include file is change/updated will the Flex application pick up
    the changes the next time that page is loaded or are there caching issues?



    3)

    Joey-ATL Guest

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    Default Re: Doing Web 2.0 research. Can Flex do this?

    Keep in mind that the result of Flex is a Flash movie. You can make separate
    components for headers and footers, but they will be compiled in to the movie.
    You can keep the header/footer components separate and load them at run time,
    but they are compiled. Think of Flex as an easily distributed app not a
    different way to make web pages. Another thing to consider keeping the
    header/footer outside Flex entirely. You can make a static page with all the
    "window dressing" wrapped around the app.

    cartman1138 Guest

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    Default Re: Doing Web 2.0 research. Can Flex do this?

    One option would be to use a module for your header and footer. There are no
    caching issues with modules in my experience. You could also use a separate swf
    and load it at runtime for your header. The module approach will generally give
    you smaller file sizes and thus faster loading. You have quite a few options in
    Flex for creating superior user experiences.

    Vygo

    Masamune Guest

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