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RoboHelp and IIS 6.0

Ok, so for some reason, flash wasn't working on my Windows Server 2003 running IIS 6.0. This impacted me since I wanted to run RoboHelp Flash. After a lot of tinkering and searching, turns out that IIS wouldn't allow the flashhelp_default.fhs file to run because IIS wouldn't allow the MIME type of fhs to run.This is a simple fix. Go into the properties of the web server and add in the mime type of fhs with a desscription of text/xml. Voila!! life is happy again.

I hope this helps someone else in this same boat.

Alan

Web Services and SAS

The traditional field of Application Integration (you know, creating a SAS program on Unix that creates Excel spreadsheets) has been a muddied water for a long time. People tend to stick with the tried and true and just use API-type of mentatlity for delivering information. This is problematic for a lot of reasons:

An API has to be created and maintained over timeNeither application plays to its strengths but instead each one 'dumbs' down to the lowest common denominator of both applicationsYou always have to search for the specific API to use to get anything doneThere is no central way of managing these APIs and you get a lot of code bloatTo solve these issues, web services were born. Now web services may sound like voodoo or black magic but they are very, very simple. Everyone, and I mean everyone (including SAS), agreed to have a common means (XML) of transporting information between each other. I won't go into the ugly details of web services because the web is rife wit…

Web Services and SAS

The traditional field of Application Integration (you know, creating a SAS program on Unix that creates Excel spreadsheets) has been a muddied water for a long time. People tend to stick with the tried and true and just use API-type of mentatlity for delivering information. This is problematic for a lot of reasons:

An API has to be created and maintained over timeNeither application plays to its strengths but instead each one 'dumbs' down to the lowest common denominator of both applicationsYou always have to search for the specific API to use to get anything doneThere is no central way of managing these APIs and you get a lot of code bloatTo solve these issues, web services were born. Now web services may sound like voodoo or black magic but they are very, very simple. Everyone, and I mean everyone (including SAS), agreed to have a common means (XML) of transporting information between each other. I won't go into the ugly details of web services because the web is rife wit…