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Application development has changed dramatically in the past few years. Applications are now more robust, encompass many types of technologies, and integrate into frameworks that are not Web-enabled. With the changes that occur in the strength of the applications and in the technology, it's important to have a means of integration. As new technologies arise it's easy to forget about older, less extensible technologies. We need application development that can share data across different platforms and technologies. We need to package data to be handled by disparate applications and a means of transmission. Enter XML-RPC XML-RPC encapsulates data into XML packets that are sent from one server to another. This creates a system that allows two technologies to share data without knowledge of the other's proprietary API. The data is packaged in a universal format so that... (more)

ColdFusion and XML-RPC: Part 2 of 2

In the first installment of this article CFDJ (Vol. 3, issue 9), I established the benefits of secure communication between two applications. I discussed the need for standardized communication that allows two companies to share data that would in turn enhance the service offerings of their existing applications. Through the use of the cfservlet tag, I created the foundation for communication between the ColdFusion Application Server and the JRun Application Server. In this article I demonstrate the actual connection between the CF Server and the JRun Server, display a few intric... (more)

ColdFusion and XML-RPC Part 1 of 2

Application development has changed dramatically in the past few years. Applications are now more robust, encompass many types of technologies, and integrate into frameworks that are not Web-enabled. With the changes that occur in the strength of the applications and in the technology, it's important to have a means of integration. As new technologies arise it's easy to forget about older, less extensible technologies. We need application development that can share data across different platforms and technologies. We need to package data to be handled by disparate applications ... (more)

SMIL: You're on the Web!

To view this presentation, you need the RealPlayer G2 . This player is a quantum leap forward in audio and video quality giving you instant access to great audio and video content. The delights of streaming media Streaming media have spread throughout the web. They allow you to listen to large audio and video files, or even live broadcasts, whenever you choose, directly from your computer. The main benefit of streaming is that you don't have to wait for a large file to transfer completely before you can begin viewing its contents. When events are broadcast live, you can even part... (more)