I've been trying to create a standalone Flex application
which will interface to a Java-based Business Rules Management
The appplication is in the form of an interactive wizard, and
based on the previous "pages" questions and answers, the BRMS will
decide on the next questions to ask. Eventually the application
will narrow down to some recommendations.
There is also the requirement for the application to be
running without connection to the internet.
I understand that Flex has HTTPService, WebService and
RemoteObject components to interface with Java, but each of these
needs either Flex Data Services or a web server. Is there any other
way to interface with Java without the need of installing a local
web server or Flex Data Service?
If you can map out your questions to an XML file, then you
could read the file without having to be connected to the internet.
Also, and I forget where this is, Flex supports the concept of a
disconnected user, you may want to do some searching on that and
that may give you some additional features.
BTW, as Andy mentioned Apollo is very cool, I am not sure
exactly how it will give you more features then Flash/Flex other
than being able to run your application as well an application
(outside the browser).