Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Introduction to Adobe AIR: Part 1

Today we will learn what is Adobe AIR and what is it good for.

Adobe AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime) - is a great technology that gives developers more opportunities in creating desktop applications.



Most applications are written in languages like C or C++, and making the software work on all platforms is often a problem for developers, but it's all really simple with AIR - code your program using a Web technology you know (Adobe Flash, Adobe Flex or simply Ajax, which includes HTML and Javascript) and the program will work on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux all the same. This means that you can write a fully functional installable computer software using nothing more but Actionscript 3, for example.

Why should we use AIR, though? Why not simply Ajax or Flash? Here are some features of this versatile runtime:

  • Access to the user's files and folders
  • Usage of an integrated client-side data base
  • Communication with Internet resources - web-sites, servers and so on
  • Secure encryption of stored data
  • Copying, pasting, cutting, dragging is possible
  • Displaying PDF files
  • And more

Using AIR, you can create things that weren't possible before using the same languages. AIR is fast and easy to install for both developers and users.

In the next part of the tutorial series, we will find out how to start creating AIR applications.

Thanks for reading!

Related:

Introduction to Adobe AIR: Part 2
Introduction to Adobe AIR: Part 3
Introduction to Adobe AIR: Part 4
Introduction to Adobe AIR: Part 5
Introduction to Adobe AIR: Part 6
Introduction to Adobe AIR: Part 7
Introduction to Adobe AIR: Part 8
Introduction to Adobe AIR: Part 9

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