Adobe AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime) with Ajax: Visual by Larry Ullman

By Larry Ullman

AIR (Adobe built-in Runtime) is Adobe’s open-source know-how that we could net builders and programmers create wealthy web functions that run outdoor of any net browser. This visible QuickPro consultant teaches every little thing you want to recognize to start developing purposes that mix the wealthy adventure of a standard computer software with the ability and achieve of the web. The booklet makes use of a visible, step by step process and covers all of the basic AIR techniques, with out the fluff, complicated segues, and technical jargon that impede such a lot of different computing device books. writer Larry Ullman has a well-earned popularity for writing books which are available, easy-to-follow, and, particularly, priceless. This publication focuses completely on constructing AIR functions utilizing HTML and JavaScript, even if formal wisdom of JavaScript isn't really required.

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Taken all together, the material in this chapter goes through every basic concept and code snippet that you’ll want to use in your Adobe AIR applications. Chapter 4 Technological Background JavaScript Adobe AIR provides the power to create desktop applications using just HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, but there are several other technologies and concepts involved. Because this book assumes very little about what you might already know, I’ll briefly introduce each. The second technology involved in making AIR applications is JavaScript.

Xml (indicating it’s a descriptor file for the Hello World application).  Tips n Encoding refers to the types of characters that the file will support. UTF-8 is perhaps the most popular encoding choice and should be safe for your XML files. n One nice feature of some AIR IDEs (like Dreamweaver with the AIR Extension or Aptana) is that they’ll help create the XML file for you. See Chapter 3, “AIR Development Tools,” for more. n If you created two AIR applications with the same id, they would be considered the same program by the runtime and both could not be installed.

With respect to AIR applications, two important tools are the AIR API and the Flash API. Both provide access to features not normally associated with browser-based JavaScript. The most important of these are First, you won’t always create an object initially. Some class functions can be used without creating an object, and some objects are created automatically for you. For example, a Web browser, or AIR HTML page, starts with a document object. u File system access u Working with sounds and images u Support for native windows (which are different than standard JavaScriptcreated windows) Second, the dot syntax can often be chained together, saving you steps by making the code a bit more complicated.

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