Learning about Adobe AIR

24ways is in full effect again this year and Drew was kind enough to ask me to write an article on AIR. Christmas is in the AIR steps you through building a simple desktop application using the HTML environment within AIR. The article could have easily been three times longer with all the stuff I wanted to cover. If you're interested in AIR, I invite you to check it out.

Published December 19, 2007
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Short URL: https://snook.ca/s/859

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Wojciech Bednarski said on December 19, 2007

AIR is great, because web developers can build desktop apps like web apps. However there are two problems. AIR isn't available for GNU/Linux and C++/Java applications are most popular at this time :]

Chris Vincent said on December 19, 2007

Wasn't something like this featured in the old beta of windows... code named Loghorn? I saw some really long feature video discussion showing how "easy" it would be in the future to make a simple application for coding amateurs with some xml/xhtml application generator..

Brendan Falkowski said on December 19, 2007

Excellent, now I have something to do during February.

Henry B. said on December 19, 2007

Perfect timing... I just started planning a desktop application just to learn Adobe Air. The only difference is I also wanted to dabble in Flex.

The Flex part of the application would allow me to have a browser and desktop version since the Air JavaScript API doesn't exist for the browser.

Any thoughts on how you would create a browser version of this application with access to local storage... maybe even a way to tie it to the desktop version?

Ben Henschel said on December 19, 2007

This is great, I have wanted to get into using AIR as a platform. Thanks!

Zeb said on December 19, 2007

Thats great news for me and thanks for taking time to write this article. I'll surely give AdobeAIR a shot.

Yury Akulin, logo designer said on December 22, 2007

It seems that 2008 will be the AIR year...

Kevin said on December 23, 2007

Thanks for reminding me about 24ways this year! I looked at it the past few years but didn't remember it this year.

adi azar said on December 29, 2007

Generally speaking, Rick Internet Application going to be more and more popular in 2008 just like when AJAX became popular on 2004 and 2005.

Air and Flex are great and they will be popular. I managed to integrate a nice Ruby on Rails data grid with flex easy and fast to produce very cool UI

Thanks,
Adi

wreck said on December 30, 2007

I agree adi, i can see AIR booming in popularity over the next 12 months so it's good advice to read as much AIR stuff like "Christmas in the AIR" and get competent with it now.

Thanks for the great article Mr Snook (Thought you'd like that) and if you do write a 3 times longer article i'm all ears.

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