Adobe AIR in Action
Joey Lott, Kathryn Rotondo, Sam Ahn and Ashley Atkins

July 2008 | 344 pages | B&W
ISBN: 1933988487

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Many technologies promise to put features of desktop applications on the Web; Adobe AIR, instead, brings the flexibility, convenience, and ease of Web development to the desktop. The AIR is a cross-platform runtime environment that allows Web developers to use their existing skills to start building applications for the desktop.

Adobe AIR in Action introduces AIR to developers familiar with Flash and Flex, showing them how to build solid AIR-driven desktop applications. Using examples, the expert authors walk web developers through the new topics they will need to develop AIR applications for the desktop.

Readers will learn the essential features of the AIR API with examples and code samples that they can use to get up and running in AIR quickly. The book shows how to create and customize native windows, as well as how to read and write files and folders on the local file system.

With Adobe AIR in Action, you'll find:

Adobe AIR in Action also shows you how to set up and connect to a local database, detect network connectivity and connect to Web services, bridge ActionScript and JavaScript, and deploy and update their applications. Each chapter walks the user through several code examples that address the basics of how to work with the new APIs.

Web developers who read this book will be able to take instant advantage of the increased resources available to desktop applications. Sometimes-connected, web-enabled applications are gaining in popularity, and web developers of all stripes will want to add these skills to their toolbox.

This book assumes basic familiarity with Flex or Flash and ActionScript.


About the Authors

Joey Lott has deep professional experience using Adobe technologies like Flex, Flash, and ActionScript. Joey is the author (or co-author) of ActionScript Cookbook, Programming Flash Communication Server, and the Flash 8 Cookbook and several other related books. With coauthor Sam Ahn, he is a partner and founder of The Morphic Group.

Kathryn Rotondo is a software developer at Schematic. She received a graduate certificate in software engineering from the Harvard Extension School and a certificate in Flash from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Sam Ahn has architected and built RIAs over the past seven years for clients including Pfizer, Wyeth, MINIUSA, and Puma. Along with co-author Joey Lott, he is a partner and founder of The Morphic Group, an interactive development company focusing on Flash/Flex application development.

Ashley Atkins is a senior software developer at Six Red Marbles, and has over six years of experience developing in ActionScript. His range of work extends from creating simple educational interactions to architecting and developing applications in Flex and AIR.


“The book is well illustrated and includes lots of source code (available for download). There are some nice demos provided, notably the 'AIRTube' application, which lets you find and display YouTube videos on your desktop.”
Huw Collingbourne, Editor, Bitwise Magazine

“The book will absolutely save me time in my future AIR development and I would recommend it to any new AIR developer.”
Barry Knapp MA, MSCIT, Senior Software Engineer, Railinc Inc.

“This book takes you from the absolute essentials, step-by-step with thoughtful screenshots to light your path to creating great AIR applications.”
Shawn Yale, Triad Flex User Group Manager

“I was able to quickly go through this book and learn many valuable pieces of information to help the transition from the browser to the desktop with Adobe Flex.”
—Jonathan Campos, Dallas Flex User Group Manager,

“…The first must-have book on Adobe AIR.”
—Cole Joplin, Cole's Huginn