Interactive chart/data visualization

Hi,

I have limited experience with Flash and my company is exploring the possibility of doing interactive data visualization. Most of the examples they have shown me look to be custom Flash development.

In my mind this is the way an animated chart would work:

  1. Flash developer designs animated chart using actionscript and connects to a database using PHP.
  2. On user interaction actionscript directs the animation and tells PHP what data to retrieve from database.
  3. PHP retrieves information from database and converts it to an XML file for flash to read.

Can you tell me if I’m off base? Thanks!

Seems fine to me. I prefer to use json rather than the more verbose xml, or amf if there’s a lot of data.

Thanks for the response!