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Beginning Air: Building Applications for the Adobe Integrated Runtimeby Rich Tretola
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Beginning Adobe AIR
Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) is revolutionizing the way desktop applications are deployed. If you're ready to take advantage of this platform to build desktop-based Rich Internet Applications, then this is the book for you. It presents a step-by-step process, walking you through the features of AIR so you can quickly get started.
After introducing you to AIR, Adobe expert Rich Tretola discusses the different programming languages and tools you can use for development. He then presents multiple methods for storing data, including within the file system and embedded database as well as storage on remote servers. You'll also learn about the numerous features that allow AIR applications to interact with both Mac OS X and Windows.
This guide offers a perfect mix of tutorials and hands-on coding, and provides the resources you need to build AIR applications quickly. And it provides the resources that will help you build your first killer Rich Desktop Application.
What you will learn from this book
Who this book is for
Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think, providing a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.
Book News Annotation:
Offering a mixture of tutorials and hands-on coding, Web developer Tretola gives step-by-step directions for taking advantage of the Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) platform to build desktop-based Rich Internet Applications. He walks through the features of AIR, then discusses the different programming languages and tools that can be used for development. He presents multiple methods for storing data, including within the file system and embedded database as well as storage on remote servers. He also covers the features that allow AIR applications to interact with both Mac OS X and Windows. Source code is available for download on a web site. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Beginning Adobe AIR is a book that offers a lot of guidance, in a format that readers find intuitive to follow. The exercise-based format of the Wrox Beginning series has a strong following by all levels of readers, and is one that works very well in the classroom or home. Written by a well-known and well-respected Adobe development Guru, this is the perfect mix of tutorial, and hands-on coding web developers are looking for - written from their point of view. Readers will benefit from Rich's experience with the Adobe Integrated Runtime which he shares on topics including:
* Understanding the AIR model
* Understanding the programming languages available to AIR developers
* Working with the various tools for building AIR applications
* Packaging AIR applications
* Interacting with datasources
* Leveraging the various AIR APIs
and much more. Complete source code, examples, and discussion forms available at Wrox.com
If you?re ready to take advantage of Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) to build desktop-based Rich Internet Applications, then this is the book for you. After introducing you to AIR, Adobe expert Rich Tretola discusses the different programming languages and tools you can use for development. He presents multiple methods for storing data, including within the file system and embedded database as well as storage on remote servers. This guide is a perfect mix of tutorials and hands-on coding, and provides the resources you need to build AIR applications quickly.
About the Author
Rich Tretola is the Rich Applications Technical Lead at Herff Jones, Inc. He is an award-winning Flex developer and was the lead author of Professional Flex 2 (ISBN 978-0-470-10267-1) from Wrox. He entered the field of Web development in the late 1990s and has been building applications ever since.
Other than Flex, he builds applications using ColdFusion, Flash, and Java (where he is a Sun-certified programmer). 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 http://blog.everythingFlex.com, and is the community manager for http://www.InsideRIA.com.
Table of Contents
Part I: Getting Started.
Chapter 1: Introducing AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime).
Chapter 2: Rich Internet/Desktop Applications.
Chapter 3: The Programming Languages.
Chapter 4: The AIR Development Tools.
Chapter 5: Building an Application.
Chapter 6: Packaging the AIR.
Part II: Adding Data.
Chapter 7: Working with Remote Data.
Part III: AIR APIs.
Chapter 8: Accessing the File System.
Chapter 9: The Windowing API.
Chapter 10: Interacting with the O.S.
Chapter 11: The SQLite Database.
Chapter 12: Communication between AIR and the Operating System.
Chapter 13: Application Status.
Part IV: The AIR Components.
Chapter 14: The File System Components.
Chapter 15: The HTML Component.
Appendix A: Taking a Flex App to the Desktop.
Appendix B: Solutions for Exercises.
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