Can Flash support binary sockets?

Posted on 2006-06-08
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
I'm aware that Flash offers an xmlSocket class.  This appears to be limited to sending XML strings as the content.

Can someone confirm whether Flash is able or unable to send arbitrary binary data over a socket?


Question by:dpearson
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ID: 16869324
yes, xmlsocket is just a name - one can transfer and data over it (well almost!). One can send byte streams that don't have '0' byte (\0) as 0 is the string terminator.

how to do:override onData instaed on onXML

XMLSocket.onData = function(src:String)


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ID: 16872259
Interesting.  I guess that means Flash can send arbitrary ASCII data (not just XML) but sending an arbitrary binary stream while guaranteeing there are no embedded 0 bytes sounds pretty tricky at best.


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wings_gaurav earned 50 total points
ID: 16873005
yes, i agree. It will be tricky at best to implement full binary data communication but it is still handy to implement simpler custom protocols without the overhead of XML. one way to overcome the limitation is to use base-64 or other encodings that eliminate the null char.


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ID: 16873577
Thanks a lot for the help Wings.


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