Adobe AIR: Create - Modify - Reuseby Marc Leuchner, Todd Anderson, Matt Wright
Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) revolutionizes the way Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) are deployed and supports two primary technologies?Flash and HTML/Ajax?in order to make desktop development something that every web developer can do. This book walks you through eleven fully implemented AIR applications with source code that you can use as they currently exist or customize. Each project begins with a discussion of architecture and design, followed by code implementation. You?ll get hands-on knowledge of AIR application design and development that you can then use to build dynamic RIAs.
Meet the Author
Marc Leuchner is a Senior Flash Developer for the Boston-based advertising group Almighty. His roles and talents within the company primarily revolve around Flash development and interactive design. Over the years, he has worked with clients such as New Balance, ABC, Condè Nast, PUMA, BMW/Mini, Comcast, and GAP, Inc. Marc holds a BFA in New Media/Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology. In his spare time, he writes the technology blog www.nobien.net/ with co-author Matt Wright.
Todd Anderson is a Senior Software Engineer for Infrared5. With over five years of developing for the Flash Platform in the areas of RIA and game development, Todd has delivered web and desktop solutions for the publishing and entertainment industries for companies including McGraw-Hill, Thomson, Motorola, and Condè Nast. He runs www.custardbelly.com/blog, focusing on development of the Flash Platform and game development.
Matthew Wright is a Senior Flash Developer for ROKKAN, a full-service digital agency located in New York City. Since 2005 he has delivered mostly consumer experience Flash sites and applications for a wide array of clients, including Virgin America, the Coca-Cola Company, Atlantic Records, Time Warner, the NBA, and 2K Games. Prior to ROKKAN, he got his start at an interactive agency in Syracuse, New York, called 2ndNature. It was here that he discovered his love for the Flash platform. Outside of work, Matthew contributes to a Flash and technology blog www.nobien.net, with friend, colleague, and co-author Marc Leuchner. He has also spoken at FlashForward. Matthew lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his beautiful girlfriend, Chewy.
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The attraction of this book is the collection of 11 extended examples. Each is a case study in how to use AIR to code desktop applications. There is a slight irony here in the trajectory taken by Adobe. Its original products, and probably still its main revenue sources, were for desktop usages. Think Postscript and PDF. But the rise of the Web caused it to develop Flash for web applications. Now here, we come back to the desktop. The book's examples involve Java as the programming language. Extensive usage is also made of XML and HTML. You are encouraged to use the examples as a basis for modification for your own needs. The examples are verbose, but luckily you can also get these from the accompanying website. The examples do vary in their complexity. You may want to pay especial attention to the Map application. This involves accessing a SQL database that comes with AIR. The code shows how to make the necessary tables. If you have in mind a 'serious' application with lots of data, then often you'll need a SQL database for it. The example here shows that this can be straightforward.