Archive for May, 2009

Flash Media Server vs Red5


Everyone who’ve ever tried to build any kind of rich, multimedia web application, based on some sort of flash streaming technologies, must have heard about either Flash Media Interactive Server or Red5. Most of those people if being asked, will automatically answer, that Red5 is a great, full featured alternative for very expensive Adobe’s FMS product. But in my opinion only those, who’ve ever written some serious applications using both servers are allowed to compare laudly Red5 to FMS3.

I’m definitely not saing that I’m an expert, but for the last couple of months I’ve been developing few different real time social applications using both Flash Media Interactive Server and Red5. I’ve spent many, many nights trying to get exactly the same functionalities from those two different technologies. And in fact I must admit, that  I was able to create almost everything I wanted using both of them. So the question is: why should anyone pay for the very expensive FMS if there’s a free Red5 alternative avaliable, with exactly the same functionality? And the answer is: cause even though, you can do almost everything in Red5, there are some serious differences between them, mostly in their performances, that may give you a big headache :) .

So, if you’re just in the middle of deciding which technology you want to use as your streaming service, than maybe this post will save you some time and help you choose the one that’s going to fill all your needs.

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How embed Google Maps in Flex?

Google create a special API for Flash platform to make possible use them. I will show how write a simple application to find a place or route. At first we need a special key from Google for use the map ( ). When we have the key we can start.

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AMFPHP and Flash Media Server


AMFPHP is a great way to communicate Flex application with server-side scripts. It is probably the easiest way in Flex to receive data from external SQL database – you can find many tutorials about it on the web. AMFPHP can be also used with Flash Media Server, and because it is not as common application, it is a bit hard to find information about it, so I decided to write about it. Let’s prepare a simple FMS application, which will communicate with PHP script.

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Welcome to RIAfreaks!


Welcome to, an Adobe’s User Group website focused on Rich Internet Application programming using Flex framework. After a lot of preparations and many, many, many AS3 lines of code written, we’ve finally started our group on May 27th, when we had our first official meeting. In my next post I’m going to write down a short briefing from this meeting.

As a group of RIA developers, in our blog we’ll mainly focus on

  • Action Script 3 programming (Flex and AIR)
  • Flash Media Interactive Server and Red5 server
  • Blaze Data Services and LiveCycle Data Services
  • Flash and Flash Lite programming in general
  • Flex + PHP programming using AMFPHP and Zend Framework

Just to be clear, all the RIA Freaks members are volunteers who shares a passion to programming. We already have 7 members in our team. If you want to become one of us, please contact us using the “Contact us” tab.

OK, that’d be all. See you all falks later on the pages and other kind of Flash meetings, blogs, forums, etc. Peace.

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