O'Reilly's Adobe AIR 1.5 Cookbook

This latest addition to O'Reilly's "Cookbook" series might just make you want to learn yet another programming environment

I have to admit that I just wasn't interested in learning yet another programming environment, but the O'Reilly folks write a mean press release. The part that caught my eye was the part about developing Web-enabled applications without a browser. HUH?! This I've just got to see, and see I did -- funny I've actually been using an Adobe AIR applications for a while now, and though I did notice the download of the AIR environment, it didn't catch my eye.

What Adobe AIR gives you is a wrapper environment that promises to allow you to write a single application to a programmatic abstraction layer so that your app has a chance of running on several platforms. The goal is to write once for Windows, Mac, and Linux without a huge amount of investment in different versions and massive amounts of regression testing. So while Adobe is promising lots of platforms (I sure hope mobile is a someday), there are those out there also hoping that Adobe actually comes through and isn't just promising vaporware for the non-Windows world.

Since I'm fond of JavaScript, I find these two O'Reilly books a nice starting point for the Adobe AIR environment, especially considering I'm a "cookbook learner." So while the jury is still out on what Adobe will actually come through with, O'Reilly certainly hasn't let us down with a mighty fine addition to its "Cookbook" collection.

Adobe AIR 1.5 Cookbook Solutions and Examples for Rich Internet Application Developers

By David Tucker, Marco Casario, Koen De Weggheleire, Rich Tretola

November 2008

Pages: 446

Series: Adobe Developer Library

ISBN 10: 0-596-52250-9 | ISBN 13: 9780596522506


Adobe AIR for JavaScript Developers Pocket Guide

By Mike Chambers, Daniel Dura, Kevin Hoyt, Dragos Georgita

April 2008

Pages: 204

Series: Adobe Developer Library

ISBN 10: 0-596-51837-4 | ISBN 13: 9780596518370