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If you are a visual programmer working in environments like Visual Basic, Delphi, REAL basic, or PowerBuilder, you may hesitate to take advantage of the benefits of Flash because of concerns about learning a new, unfamiliar environment. To show how easily you can transfer your existing knowledge to Flash MX Professional, in this article I will explain how you can create a simple web search application that queries the Google web API using SOAP web services: Visual Programming in Macromedia Flash As a visual programmer, you may have already tried your hand at a previous version of Flash - and been you were likely confused and overwhelmed by it. Flash has never been more inherently complex than Visual Basic 6, Visual Studio .NET, or Delphi, but it comes from a lineage of animation tools, not programming tools. This fundamental difference made Flash an impractical tool ... (more)