Adobe AIR 1.5 Cookbook: Solutions and Examples for Rich Internet Application Developers

Adobe AIR 1.5 Cookbook: Solutions and Examples for Rich Internet Application Developers

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Adobe AIR 1.5 Cookbook: Solutions and Examples for Rich Internet Application Developers by David Tucker, Marco Casario, Koen De Weggheleire, Rich Tretola

Thoroughly vetted by Adobe's AIR development team, Adobe AIR 1.5 Cookbook addresses fundamentals, best practices, and topics that web developers and application designers inquire about most. The hands-on recipes in this cookbook help you solve a variety of tasks and scenarios you may encounter using Adobe AIR to build Rich Internet Applications for the desktop. It's an ideal way to learn the nuances of Adobe AIR, with practical solutions you can use right away, and detailed explanations of why and how they work. These recipes will help you:

  • Build an AIR application with Flex, Flash, or HTML and Ajax
  • Create a database and connect it to your application
  • Put together native menus for PCs and Macs
  • Work with the Service Monitor Framework
  • Utilize the Adobe AIR Update Framework
  • Create branded desktop experiences with custom chrome and custom application icons
  • Distribute your AIR application with the Seamless Install Badge

And more. Adobe AIR 1.5 Cookbook includes dozens of recipes from rising stars in the AIR development community-David Tucker, Rich Tretola, Marco Casario, and Koen De Weggheleire-along with the best solutions posted by visitors to the Adobe AIR Cookbook community website hosted by Adobe and O'Reilly (www.adobe.com/go/air_cookbook). If you're ready to expand your skill set with Adobe AIR, this is the book you've been waiting for.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780596522506
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/01/2008
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

David Tucker is a web application developer and consultant, formerly at the Savannah campus of one of the nation's premiere educational institutions, Georgia Tech. He is an avid blogger and writes primarily about Adobe AIR, Flash, Flex, and ColdFusion at his blog, davidtucker.netand at InsideRIA.com. David spends the rest of the week planning media strategies for educational institutions and not-for-profit organizations.

Marco Casario has been passionate about informatics since he was little more than a child and used to program games in Basic for Commodore 64 before dedicating himself to innovative projects for the web using Flash and Director (as far back as versions 3 and 5). In 2005, Marco founded Comtaste, a company dedicated to exploring new frontiers in Rich Internet Applications and the convergence between the web and the world of mobile devices -- MobyMobile and YouThru are representative of their recent work.

He is founder of the biggest worldwide Flash Lite User Group and of AUG Italy, a reference point for the Italian community of Adobe users, in which he carries out the role of Channel Manager for the section dedicated to Flex (AUG Italy Flex Gala).

He is author of Flex Solutions: Essential Techniques for Flex 2 and Flex 3 Developers (FriendsofED), and has been Technical Editor for Apress, Friends of ED, and WROX for books such as Essential Flash 8, Professional Flex 2, and Flash Applications for Mobile Devices.

This year he was a featured speaker at the Adobe MAX Conference in Barcellona where he preseted the "Extending Flex Components" session, and at the O'Reilly Web 2.0 Summit, presenting "Choosing the final Rich Internet Application technology path." He'll also be presenting at 360Flex Europe and FITC 2008.

Koen De Weggheleire is a faculty member of the Technical University of West-Flanders (HOWEST), department PIH-Multimedia and Communication Technology (MCT) where he teaches Flash Platform Solutions (Flash, Flex, AIR) with a smile. Koen recently was an author on the book Flex for Developers, Data Driven Applications with PHP, ASP.NET, Koen De Weggheleire is a faculty member of the Technical University of West-Flanders (HOWEST), department PIH-Multimedia and Communication Technology (MCT) where he teaches Flash Platform Solutions (Flash, Flex, AIR) with a smile. Koen recently was author on the book "Flex fordevelopers, data driven applications with PHP, ASP.NET, ColdFusion, and LCDS " published by "friendsofED". At the moment he is very busy, writing the book "Advanced AIR applications" which will be also published by friendsofEDlater this year. As the Adobe User Group Manager for Belgium(http://www.adobeusergroup.be) and Adobe Community Expert, Koen is heavily addicted to the community and inspires the community by his blog athttp://www.newmovieclip.com and by speaking at several (inter)national events (Adobe MAX, FITC, Flashbelt, Flash on the beach, MCTKring, usergroups,. ). He coordinates the yearly Belgian multimedia conference "Multi-Mania" (http://www.multi-mania.be) where 800 people come together to learn from industry experts and to share knowledge. When there is still some time left you can find Koen doing freelance Flash Platform consultancy onadvanced award-winning Rich Internet Applications.When Koen is not talking Actionscript you can find him producing music, collecting goodies, eating pizza or renovating his 100 year old house.

Rich Tretola currently holds the position of Rich Applications Technical Lead. He is an award-winning Flex developer and was the lead author of Professional Flex 2 (2007 ISBN: 0470102675) and sole author of Beginning AIR (2008 ISBN: 0470229047). Rich has been building Internet applications for over 10 years and has worked with Flex since the original Royale beta version of Flex in 2003. Other than Flex, Rich builds applications using ColdFusion, Flash, and Java. Rich is highly regarded within the Flex community as an expert in RIA and is also an Adobe Community Expert. He runs a popular Flex and AIR blog at Everything Flex, and was also a speaker at the Adobe MAX 2007 conference in Chicago. Read Rich's recent InsideRIA entries.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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skawian More than 1 year ago
There are not many books and resources covering Adobe AIR subject on market and that was the reason why I decided to read "Adobe AIR 1.5 Cookbook". It turned out to be ideal to have this book with you when you are doing any AIR application because it thoroughly describes every nuance of the issue. The Cookbook starts with instructions on development environment and setting information about a new application. Then covers the fundamentals of AIR with detailed explanations of every problem. At the end we can learn how to distribute our application in various ways. I can definitely recommend this book to every Flash Platform Developer.
pawlu¿ More than 1 year ago
As we know Adobe AIR 1.5 Cookbook includes recipes from David Tucker,
Rich Tretola, Marco Casario and Koen De Weggheleire. This book is for
intermediate developers who already have a good working knowledge of
the Flex tool and ActionScript or JavaScript. Definetely this book
helps us to solve many problems because the whole book is full of very
useful examples.

And now quick summary of what I have found in this book.

Chapters 1, 2, 16, 17 show us how we can make air app in different
developing environments (Flex Builder, Flash, Html and JS) and covers
most environmental setup tips. Chapter 16 and 17 are about creating app
updates (AIR Update Framework), using install badges and whole
information needed to distribute air application.

The rest chapters (3-15) explore AIR app - many useful examples of:
windows in app, html content, file system, database, network
monitoring framework and much more.

The book also contains information that author gives us a bonus
online chapter with steps of creating four different mashups
applications with adobe air utilizing the solutions found in this
book. In conclusion.. I have waited for this book since the announcement..
and now I can say that it was worth waiting. This book is great. It
shows the power of AIR!