It was about time. Finally the first steps are made to use parts of the Flash Remoting functionalities also in PHP. It looks like a guy called Musicman has reverse engineered the Actionscript Message Format (short AMF) which is the binary format in which actionscript objects are packaged on the way from and to the server.
Of course this discovery has already created quite an echo. There is a forum dedicated to the issue on flash-db.com and a sourceforge project called amfphp has been started to bundle the research and development activities.
Remains the question what Macromedia thinks about all that. My guess is that they won't be too happy about it. At least they must have had their reasons not to release the AMF specs. And one of them is probably that you cannot earn money with PHP.
[Via Daniel Dura]Posted at January 31, 2003 05:52 PM | Further reading