What is Firefly?

Firefly refers to a set of components available on the new Flash MX Data Connection Kit. From the website:

The Data Connection Kit provides prebuilt connections to web services, XML data, databases, and application servers so you can easily access, save, and display data.

I saw a demo yesterday of how easy it is to create “data aware” components which hook together into rich, dynamic applications. Very impressive stuff. You can find out more here:

http://www.macromedia.com/devnet/mx/flash/articles/firefly_components.html

4 Responses to What is Firefly?

  1. Ron Ifferte says:

    Would you be able to share some of the technical info on the product? Reading whats on mm.com – I couldn’t get a good feel for it.Specifically – what makes the product MS only (no Mac version).

  2. Christian Cantrell says:

    This article is the most detailed I have seen so far.http://www.macromedia.com/devnet/mx/flash/articles/firefly_components.htmlAlso, I’m checking on the Mac issue.

  3. Kevin Hoyt says:

    The Firefly components are currently MS only because they install a service on Windows to make the component panels for the components work.That is that when you build a Flash component property inspector, there are some shortcomings when that inspector and Flash need to communicate more directly (I believe). The Firefly team built a Windows service to allow Flash to talk in a more robust fashion to its own self using low-level operating system intercept calls.Not that it can’t be done on Mac, just that they haven’t gotten around to it I imagine.

  4. marty gittins says:

    I’ve copied all the Firefly FLA’s out of the FlashMX/configuration folder on the PC and into the Users/marty/Application Support/Macromedia/Flash MX/Configuration/Components folder on the Mac, and it seems to be okay. The Component Panels seem to work fine, though I’ve only really tested the Firefly XML component.there are some SWF files installed on Windows that need to be put into the same folder as the files you are authoring too.Anyone else had any good/bad experience getting the Firefly components working on Mac?My own theory why it hasn’t been released for Mac is probably more to do with the Flash Remoting Developer Edition that’s bundled with the Flash MX Data Connection Kit, rather than the Firefly Components part.