My company currently has a back end image rendering engine
built in Java. The rendering engine serves up images on request to
a Flex User Interface through web services. What we have discovered
through benchmarking is that Flex (or the Flash Runtime) is able to
complete simple renders even faster than Java.
So I wondered... can we tap into some of these Flex image
manipulation libraries on the server side?
We would love to develop the entire rendering engine in Flex.
Unfortunately there are some downsides to this such as increased
bandwidth usage since the large raw images used to create the final
rendered image would all need to be transfered over the internet to
The ideal solution would be to develop the rendering engine
in Flex but have the Flex code run on the server.
Well, you can create a Flex component/module/app/etc. and put
it on the server. Client can so something that results in request
to server, and part of server response is to do processing on
server using that rendering engine. Just a matter of calling it on
the server from the initial point of client request contact.
I think what you are looking for is running AS3 server side.
And while I know the team of the Red5 server is planning on adding
that, there is no support yet for server side AS3 - I must add - as
far as I know.