Beginning Adobe AIR: Building Applications for the Adobe by Rich Tretola

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If you?re able to reap the benefits of Adobe built-in Runtime (AIR) to construct desktop-based wealthy web functions, then this is often the booklet for you. After introducing you to AIR, Adobe specialist wealthy Tretola discusses the several programming languages and instruments you should use for improvement. He offers a number of tools for storing facts, together with in the dossier method and embedded database in addition to garage on distant servers. This advisor is an ideal mixture of tutorials and hands-on coding, and gives the assets you must construct AIR purposes quick.

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Therefore, you don’t need to know Java, C++, C, or any of the other traditional desktop languages to create and distribute full-fledged desktop applications. It also means that since Adobe has created these runtimes, Adobe is the one responsible for ensuring that your application performs the same on any of the operating systems that AIR supports. If you are coming from a Flash or Flex background, you already know how nice it is to write an application that performs the same within the Flash player in a traditional web browser.

There are many limitations to this type of RIA, including compatibility issues with browser versions and differences in (or lack of) JavaScript support necessary for the RIA to perform as expected. Windows Presentation Foundation/Silverlight Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) consists of an engine and a framework, which will be pre-installed in Windows Vista and introduces XAML as a new tag-based language. XAML is very similar to Adobe Flex MXML as it is a tag-based XML language with attributes in which each tag creates an object model class.

This book focuses on building applications with the use of Flex Builder 3. Adobe has also released extensions for both Dreamweaver CS3 and Flash CS3 to integrate the creation and testing of AIR applications within these tools. These tools are covered in Chapters 4 and 5. The AIR SDK The AIR SDK is a free library offered by Adobe, which allows you to test an AIR application using the adl command and also compile the application to a distributable AIR package using the adt command. There is no GUI (graphical user interface) offered, although it is not very difficult to set up an ant task to call these commands from an editing tool like Eclipse.

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