Archive for November, 2007
Well, Adobe's AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime) must be getting ready for primetime, for today a brand-spanking new logo was unveiled.
AIR has had a mildly interesting development. About a year ago, it was pushed in beta as "Apollo" featuring a rocketship-themed logo. Next, it was suddenly switched over to "AIR" with the standard "new" Adobe branding. Today, however, marks the third rebranding in a year–hopefully the last one.
While I'm not wild about the new logo (I like the Apollo one alot better), I think it indicates a more concerted effort on Adobe's part to make AIR a serious tool for developers to consider.
The last several weeks, readers will note that the majority of my posts have been devoted to AJAX, particluarly Adobe's Spry Framework. My main infatuation is that AJAX allows for clunky page-reload based web activity to be replaced with instant, on-the-fly interaction, not only with constituent portions of the website, but more importantly, with server-side processes (especially databases).
All this time, I have flirted around with Adobe's Flex 2, an incredibly rich platform for developing ActionScript 3.0 applications. While I have played around with it from time to time (basically, when I get a new computre–the trial period is only 30 days), I have not really gotten into significant development…until now.
So one might wonder what the big deal is. So Flex can easily connect to More >