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AIR for Javascript Developers Pocket Guide [Kindle Edition]

Mike Chambers , Daniel Dura , Kevin Hoyt , Dragos Georgita
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Book Description

This book is the official guide to Adobe ® AIR[TM], written by members of the AIR team. With Adobe AIR, web developers can use technologies like HTML and JavaScript to build and deploy web applications to the desktop. Packed with examples, this book explains how AIR works and features recipes for performing common runtime tasks.


Part of the Adobe Developer Library, this concise pocket guide explains:

  • What Adobe AIR is, and the problems this runtime aims to solve

  • How to set up your development environment

  • The HTML and JavaScript environments within AIR

  • How to create your first AIR application using HTML and JavaScript

  • Ways to perform an array of common tasks with this runtime

Also included is a guide to AIR packages, classes, and command line tools. Once you understand the basics of building HTML- and JavaScript-based AIR applications, this book makes an ideal reference for tackling specific problems. It offers a quick introduction to a significant new development technology, which lets you combine the reach and ease of the Web with the power of the desktop.


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About the Author

Mike Chambers has spent the last 8 years building applications that target the Flash runtime. During that time, he has worked with numerous technologies including Flash, Generator, .NET, Central, Flex, and Ajax. He is currently the senior product manager for developer relations for Apollo.

Daniel Dura is a Platform Evangelist at Adobe focusing on Apollo and Flash. He is currently based in San Francisco, California.

Before joining Macromedia (which merged with Adobe in 2005) Daniel and his brother Josh founded Dura Media LLC, a Rich Internet Application development company based in Dallas, Texas. While at Adobe, he was a member of the Central and Flex teams, as well as a Product Manager for Developer Relations.

Daniel has have given presentations on Flash, Apollo, and Flex all over the world at user group meetings, conferences, and pretty much anywhere someone is willing to listen. Outside of his day job he enjoys general aviation and is well on his way to earning his Private Pilot license.

Kevin Hoyt is a Platform Evangelist with Adobe Systems, Inc. who likes moving, breaking, blurring and jumping over the lines of conventional technology. He seeks out every opportunity to congregate with other like-minded developers, and exploring how to escape any lines that form a box. Pushing the envelope of what technology can do, and how people perceive and interact with it, is his passion.

Dragos Georgita is an engineer in the Adobe AIR Team, leading a group that focuses on the Ajax support in the runtime.


Product Details

  • File Size: 445 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Adobe Developer Library; 1 edition (September 30, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0043D2EQI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,147,283 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Pablo
Format:Paperback
If you're already familiar with HTML and JavaScript and would want to develop desktop applications using Adobe AIR then this is the right book for YOU.

In a nutshell, there are several approaches to developing AIR applications:
1. Using HTML and JavaScript
2. Using Flex
3. Using Flash

Obviously, this book focuses mainly on the first item.

I'm coming from Java Web Development background and I have just started with Flex. I also got interested in Adobe AIR after seeing some examples on the Internet. But since I'm already developing Flex applications for the web, I prefer developing AIR applications using Flex also (so it will be easier to port the application from web to desktop and vice versa).

Even so, I find the book very informative. Most especially the cookbook section where it shows you how to connect to the embedded database, read/write files and so on.

Given that this book is a Pocket Guide, I was quickly up to speed with the capabilities of Adobe AIR in a couple of hours.
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