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Author: Jeffrey F. Hill | Website: http://www.flash-db.com/services/

Conclusion and additional resources

Now you can create a client for the Babelfish translation service, but this is only the start. Their are hundreds of other similar services out their that you can use to add value to your Flash movie. Anything from Stock Quote Lookups, to services that return weather data, to credit card processors. And their all available to you and your Flash movie. Services such as these in general are good for Flash programmers and designers because they provide a way to obtain data in a format that is not bound to HTML - it's meant for any application on any server, device, or other application - so it's easy to use in your Flash movie. Hopefully many other companies will offer their services as Soap based services in the future, so all of us Flash programmers and designers can use their data. I'm sure as soap based web services gain in popularity costs will be added to using these services, for example each time you translate some text it cost's you 1 penny or so. But that's expected since they are providing a service that brings value to your Flash movie, and their are also costs involved in hosting these services. In the future it will become more and more interesting combining all these different services into unique flash clients that where not possible before.

One thing to remember is that their is quite a bit of hype surrounding web services right now - but in the near future they will be as common as search engines on the internet. So learn the basic's and try not to spend any money on things that really are not needed - especially at this point in time.


  • The Flash-db Web Services Directory: A directory with all Flash clients
  • xMethods.com: One of the first and still the best directory of Web Services
  • remotemethods.com: Decent directory of Web services, although it tends to mirror xMethods and not as much attention is paid to the listings their.
  • Salcentral.com: Another directory - they have something going on where they host an intermediate layer between the actual services and the site. Not sure what to think of Salcentral at this time, but they do have a large selection as well.

And that's about it.

Author: Jeff Hill
Site: http://www.flash-db.com

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Added: 2002-08-19
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Jeffrey Hill is a freelance web developer from Boulder, Colorado. He specializes in creating and developing dynamic database driven Flash content, applications, and content management systems. Specialty's include SQL, PHP, Perl, XML, web services, and Flash clients for web services.
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