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Please try the shopping cart samples at the URLs below.
Hope this helps.
Top Anti-Flash Cliches
What about the cost of having an AJAX app compatible with all browsers, versions and OSes ?
There are many cliches about Flash like:
- You can't use the back button: WRONG
- You can't select the text: WRONG
- You can't save the pictures. WRONG
and the list goes on and on.
It's the responsibility of the designers and developers to make user friendly Flash sites.
You can create fast loading, smooth and reliable buying experiences with Flex. It's just a matter of talent.
In other words, I'm with you :-).
Hey there gazmcghee!
I agree with Karl. It sounds like your co-workers just don't like Flash. That's their bias. Not yours.
You say the customer "stipulates liberal use of Flash". So what's holding you back from delivering the user-experience the customer wants?
"Flash adds technical barriers to customers buying stuff"
--So does HTML and CSS. And my budget, for that matter.
"..perhaps due to running Flash Player 10 in Opera on a Mac"
--Yeah, you right! If your Flex project is complied for Flash player 9, you shouldn't have a problem. Wait a while before targeting version 10.
"...says it would have been very expensive, like $100K."
--This guy sounds like my plumber, only cheaper. Find another plumber.
--MORE quotes from your message, with rebuttals---
"...I'm too scared to try anything new..."
"...HTML/CSS works just fine and is the future of the web!"
"If my grandmother can't view it, then..."
--OK, your co-workers didn't say these things, but they are thinking them. See? I can make stuff up just as well as they can.
Another link to add to the e-commerce experience using Flex would be our childhood favorite store
Toys R' Us
As for the comment about the $100k if you're finding clients who are willing to pay $100k for that, then I definitely need to raise my rates :-)
Thanks everyone for the useful comments and links. These guys aren't fools, and I have had a few crashes with Flash and Air lately (the latest in Adobe Media Player caused OSX to request a power off !).
I've almost signed up the customer after proposing Magento as a backend with 100% Flex on the main page of the frontend. I'm combining the products display, product details and shopping cart display into a single page, and then when they decide to buy, they will be using normal Magento for the checkout and payment. The customer will also log into Magento for all backend functions.
Magento is rising star of shopping carts, but is particularly interesting to Flex developers as it is based on the Zend framework which Adobe has been working with lately towards good Flex integration, and have added AMF support as standard. Also see this : http://www.matsiya-technology.com/matsiya-introduces-the-first-amf-api-for-communication-b etween-flash-flex-and-magento-2