Adobe Air For Dummies

From the Back Cover
Build full-fledged Web apps with JavaScript, Flex, or HTML — it’s a breath of fresh AIR
With Adobe AIR, you can create rich Internet applications using Web technologies. They run on desktops and across multiple operating systems, and they’re more than mere wimpy widgets. This book gives you the scoop on AIR, working with local file systems and databases, setting up security, and all the stuff you need to know to create cool AIR apps.

Get out in the AIR — find out how to create AIR apps using Flex®, Flash®, and HTML with Ajax

Play in the sandbox — understand the AIR security model and how application sandboxes protect your code and data

Connect — learn about the database connectivity of Adobe AIR and how to work with SQL when building database applications

Banish bugs — see how to use the AIR Debug Launcher, the alert command, and the AIR HTML Introspector to debug your apps

Surf the AIRwaves — create apps for network connectivity, monitor remote network services, and work with audio files

Open the book and find:

Secrets for creating Internet-savvy apps
How to set the environment path in Vista, Windows® XP, or Mac OS® X
Tips for using HTML and CSS as building blocks
Ways to use Webkit extensions
How to handle events in the HTML DOM
Ten terrific RIAs to check out
How to add drag-and-drop capability in Flex, Flash, and HTML apps
Advice for instant downloading and auto-updating

About the Author
Richard Wagner is an experienced Web designer and developer who has written more than a dozen Web-related books. Previously, he was vice president of product development for NetObjects, where he was the inventor and chief architect of the award-winning JavaScript tool called NetObjects ScriptBuilder.

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