"Web development has certainly comes a long way. Check out this product: XAMLON (http://www.xamlon.com/software/xamlonpro/flash/). Create your app as if you are doing a Windows application, then let the tool generate the flash for you to use in the web!
First there's AJAX..(by the way, this is not a new technology... it's an old trick given a new name)
now let there be AFLAX - Asynchronous Flash with XML."
"Let's compare AJAX and AFLAX:
AJAX: based on Open Standards; runs in browsers from multiple vendors; runs on desktop; mature mobile support; has a great Open Source implementation.
AFLAX: Uses Macromedia Flash, a propietary closed runtime from a single vendor; no Open Source implementation; weak mobile phone support; sounds like an insurance company."