[OSM-dev] AMF api what is it?

Richard Fairhurst richard at systemeD.net
Fri Aug 29 20:59:34 BST 2008

Stefan de Konink wrote:

> Jon Burgess schreef:
>> The OSM rails server supports AMF as a mechanism to fetch and update
>> map data and is used by Potlatch.
> Ok :) Will commit some reading resources to that :)

It's a ridiculously simple protocol - basically just a fast and  
efficient way of encoding scalars, arrays and objects in such a way  
that Flash reads them as native objects without any need to write  
deserialisation code. I've written an AMF library for Ruby which is  
part of the OSM code; I've got one kicking around in PHP too; and tbh  
Perl would only be a matter of an hour or two. (And there are plenty  
of third-party libraries around, too.)


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