Beginning Adobe AIR: Building Applications for the Adobe by Rich Tretola

By Rich Tretola

If you?re able to benefit from Adobe built-in Runtime (AIR) to construct desktop-based wealthy web functions, then this can be the ebook for you. After introducing you to AIR, Adobe professional wealthy Tretola discusses the several programming languages and instruments you should use for improvement. He provides a number of equipment for storing info, together with in the dossier method and embedded database in addition to garage on distant servers. This consultant is an ideal mixture of tutorials and hands-on coding, and offers the assets you must construct AIR purposes fast.

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Colors, fonts, layouts, backgrounds, and so on are commonly defined within a style sheet. qxd:WroxPro 2/26/08 10:10 AM Page 29 Chapter 3: The Programming Languages of an application from the presentation layer. Prior to CSS all styling was done in line with the underlying HTML. CSS not only changed this but actually allowed for the same underlying HTML to be displayed differently by simply swapping out a few of the CSS styles. The CSS principles are also part of the Flex styling package and can be applied to MXML in a very similar manner to HTML.

The one advantage to OpenLaszlo over Flex is that the next version of OpenLaszlo (code-named legals) will allow write-once-and-compile to either an SWF or a dynamic HTML (DHTML), or Ajax, application. The major disadvantages of OpenLaszlo are that it has a smaller set of built-in components than Flex, and it has always been at least one full version behind in optimization for the most current Flash Player. qxd:WroxPro 2/26/08 10:00 AM Page 17 Chapter 2: Rich Internet/Desktop Applications HTML/AJAX Ajax is a combination of HTML or Extensible HTML (XHTML), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), and JavaScript to create an application-type feel from a standard web-page request.

The methods used were somewhat complicated for traditional developers to grasp. qxd:WroxPro 2/26/08 10:00 AM Page 16 Part I: Getting Started much easier; however, it still lacked the feel of traditional software development, since it continued to rely on timeline-based applications. 0. Adobe Flex Like Adobe Flash, Adobe Flex compiles to SWF and runs within the Flash Player. 0. When Flex was first introduced, it was billed as a programming language that was more suited to the needs of traditional programmers, since it was 100 percent code-based as opposed to the timeline-based Flash.

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