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why is zend framework required

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May 06, 2011 May 06, 2011

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if I want to connect a flex app to php do I have to have zend installed on my server?

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May 07, 2011 May 07, 2011

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Zend Framework is a popular open-source PHP framework that includes many components useful for writing high-quality PHP applications. It needs to be installed in your PHP runtime in order to enable dynamic class loading in the gateway script that translates between PHP and ActionScript objects. Zend Framework is included in Zend Server and Zend Server CE; if using a different PHP runtime, you should download and install it separately.

Some helpful links:

FAQ - http://www.zend.com/en/products/studio/flash-builder-for-php/

PHP/Flex integration with gateway script - http://files.zend.com/help/Flash-Builder-for-PHP/Help/php_support_properties.htm

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Roy

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May 07, 2011 May 07, 2011

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but is it required??

for instance, in flash there is no requirement to use a php framework, but you can if you wish of course.

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May 08, 2011 May 08, 2011

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If you choose to work with PHP and Flex then yes, it is required to enable the communication between the Web server (PHP based) and the client (Mobile, Web, Desktop).

You should read the FAQ page which also explains with more details and examples:

http://www.zend.com/en/products/studio/flash-builder-for-php/faq

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Roy

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May 08, 2011 May 08, 2011

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Roy, thanks for responding.

I was able to connect without zend using  URLLoader.

I am not sure why every tutorial that I have come across ( maybe 5-7 tuts ) guides me through the zend setup ( Data/Service ) when connecting to php as if it is the only way ... zend should be treated as an extra layer that users may or may not want to use, in my opinion.

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Hi again!

Zend Framework is definitely not the only choise for PHP and Flex developers, but it will save you tons of time when your application scale and your requirements are extended with performance, authentication, authorization demands. There are also lots of advantages in using Zend Framework + Flash Builder for PHP as most of the services connection and binding is streamlined in your development environment, such as easy project creation, PHP service introspection and Flex/PHP debugging.  

My hint is to go with the "tutorials way" and not with the simple way you suggested unless you are a really experienced developer tht want to do things "your way". Anyway, I am sure you will enjoy the product!

Roy

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