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Flex has gotten popular lately because of its rich GUI capabilities. It also comes in handy with HTTPService and Web Service components connecting to back-end servers to fetch and update data. But using this mechanism to talk to the back-end server requires formulating a unique service object from the Flex side, making a request, and getting back data from the back-end either in XML or plain text format. The response data then has to be parsed and fed to the Flex objects to update the UI. For small to medium-size Flex projects it's a viable solution, but for enterprise projects with thousands of external service calls it will get quite repetitive and could result in a lot of unmanageable, buggy code. The approach discussed here provides a more intuitive solution to generate ActionScript classes on the Flex side that are direct counterparts of the enterprise object ... (more)

Generating XML Instances from Flat Files

Enterprise applications such as banking, healthcare, and so on still use flat files to import/export data between applications. Flat files contain machine-readable data that is typically encoded in printable characters. There is a growing need for these applications to interact with XML-aware applications and Web services, and to satisfy this need these applications must convert flat file data to an XML format. XML is suited for the interchange of data as XML documents are tagged, easily parsed, and can represent complex data structure. The conversion of a flat file to an XML fo... (more)

A New Way to Look at Portals

Historically, the progress of Web-based applications and the diverse nature of information from different Web applications ushered in the need to unify content to a single point of access: the Web portals. There are several Web portal frameworks being developed in both the J2EE and .NET camp to unify Web content and provide end users with a more efficient environment to interact with the Web. The portal technology is based on the notion of a portal container that provides the basic infrastructure to host a load of disparate applications wrapped up as portlets. To facilitate cros... (more)

XML Journal Feature: Transforming Large XML Documents, An Alternative to XSLT

With the evolution of XML, the XSL standard also became very popular for transforming XML data to XML, text, PDF, etc. However there are some limitations to the XSLT transformation. Today's XSLT processors rely on holding input data in memory as a DOM tree while the transformation is taking place. The tree structure in memory can be as much as ten times the original data size, so in practice, the limit on data size for an XSLT conversion is just a few megabytes. As a result it can only handle XML documents with moderate size - to be processed as the full input, DOM needs to be in... (more)

AJAX Lockdown

AJAX is definitely taking Web applications to the next level in ease of use and desktop-like user interfaces. And it can even be used to create the secure, privacy-oriented Web applications that are so needed in today's Web world. AJAX is based on Web browsers endowed with powerful JavaScript engines. In this article I'll explain a framework for AJAX-based Web applications based on client-side data encryption using a Secure Key for maximum data security and privacy. This framework can be used with any Web application, saving a lot of potentially sensitive user data like bank acco... (more)