HTTP Plugin Overview

Although you can submit GET and POST requests from Flash, there are limitations: you don't have fine control over the data you send to the server in a POST, you can only retrieve data in the format Flash understands, you can't provide proxy information, you can't perform POST operations from applications created by Flash etc. The HTTP plugin allows you to submit GET and POST requests without these limitations so you can do things that are impossible with Flash alone.

Using the HTTP plugin you will be able to:

The HTTP plugin exposes a number of commands for setting properties of the HTTP session and three simple commands that allow you to control the HTTP session (HTTP.start, HTTP.read and HTTP.stop). After setting the session properties, you call HTTP.start to make a connection. The HTTP.read command is then called to perform the operation (and optionally return progress information). You can call HTTP.stop any time during an HTTP session to terminate it.