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Want to create rich Internet applications and RIA desktop apps that run seamlessly online and offline? Adobe AIR —Adobe Integrated Runtime — makes it possible; Adobe AIR For Dummies makes it easy.

AIR allows Web developers to create rich Internet applications using Web technologies. They run on desktops and across multiple operating systems, and they’re more than mere wimpy widgets. Adobe AIR For Dummies gives you the scoop on AIR, working with local file systems and databases, ...

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Overview

Want to create rich Internet applications and RIA desktop apps that run seamlessly online and offline? Adobe AIR —Adobe Integrated Runtime — makes it possible; Adobe AIR For Dummies makes it easy.

AIR allows Web developers to create rich Internet applications using Web technologies. They run on desktops and across multiple operating systems, and they’re more than mere wimpy widgets. Adobe AIR For Dummies gives you the scoop on AIR, working with local file systems and databases, setting up security, and all the stuff you need to know to create cool AIR apps. You’ll learn to:

  • Build full-fledged Web apps with JavaScript, Flash, Flex, or HTML
  • Integrate AIR applications with Flash
  • Use AIR to access services like eBay and AOL videos on the desktop
  • Understand the AIR security model and how application sandboxes protect your code and data
  • Create apps for network connectivity, monitor remote network services, and work with audio files
  • Debug your apps with the AIR Debug Launcher, the alert command, or the AIR HTML Introspector
  • Set the environment path in Vista, Windows XP, or Mac OS X
  • Use HTML and CSS as building blocks and handle events in HTML DOM
  • Add drag-and-drop capability in Flex, Flash, and HTML apps

If you’re excited about the possibilities of building applications that run on the desktop and interface with external Web apps, Adobe AIR For Dummies is just what you need to get started!

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470390443
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/27/2009
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Wagner is an experienced Web designer and developer who has written more than a dozen Web-related books. Previously, he was vice president of product development for NetObjects, where he was the inventor and chief architect of the award-winning JavaScript tool called NetObjects ScriptBuilder.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Airing It Out with Adobe AIR.

Chapter 1: Getting Started with Adobe AIR.

Chapter 2: Building and Deploying Your First AIR Application with HTML and JavaScript.

Chapter 3: The Air Feels Different: Building with Flex Builder and Flash.

Chapter 4: Exploring the Adobe AIR API.

Part II: AIR Application Design.

Chapter 5: Using HTML and CSS as Building Blocks.

Chapter 6: Anyone Listening? Working with Events.

Chapter 7: Windows: Creating Native Application Shells.

Chapter 8: Working with Menus and Tray and Dock Icons.

Part III: Programming the Adobe AIR API.

Chapter 9: Don’t Be a Drag: Interacting with the Clipboard and Drag-and-Drop.

Chapter 10: A New Developer Freedom: Working with the Local File Syste.

Chapter 11: From AIRhead to Datahead: Working with Databases.

Chapter 12: Surfi ng the AIRwaves: Net Connectivity.

Chapter 13: Working with Audio.

Chapter 14: Quick and Easy: Instant Downloading and Auto-Updating.

Part IV: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 15: Ten Tips for Successful AIR Debugging.

Chapter 16: Ten Killer RIAs to Explore.

Index.

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    I have tried avoiding books "for dummies" for a long time but when I saw "Adobe AIR for Dummies" I decided to read it. While reading I have discovered that this book is a very valuable resource for developers who need a well organized and structured book covering AIR in practice. This book serves as friendly, no-nonsense guide to designing and developing Adobe AIR applications. There is only one thing I do not like about this book. I am a Flash/Flex developer and this book is written for JavaScript/HTML developers. I do not mind JavaScript but it should be visualized somehow on the book cover or in the title that this book reveals AIR from JavaScript developer's perpective. Anyway, to be precise, there are a few words dedicated to Flash/Flex developers, too. Chapter 3 is about Building AIR with Flex Builder and Flash. If you are a JavaScript/HTML developer and new to AIR, this book is what you may need. If you are a Flash/Flex developer, you should consider buying another book, more Flash or Flex developer oriented.

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