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April 09, 2008

AIRTour London liveblog

Writing about web page http://onair.adobe.com/schedule/cities/london.php

Just some live notes from the AIRTour London event today…

Andrew Shorten
Adobe – ‘disruptive technologies’
RIA platforms – AMP, Buzzword Connect, all built on Flex/AIR
Why AIR? – occasionally-connected opportunities, efficient development, richer interfaces.
Branding on desktop – clever clothing store that can match clothes to an image dragged

Kevin Hoyt – Building AIR apps with Javascript
Showing mapping app using Yahoo Maps API
Export map view as PNG by dragging – encodes PNG on the fly, drag map straight to desktop
Using notepad app to write an AIR app
Starts with bare HTML page
Point to XML application descriptor file – template comes with SDK
changed to point to HTML file
Running AIR from Terminal to test app – runs directly
Dreamweaver demo – extension for AIR available
Writing tags like input id=”foo” type=”button” value=”save”
then writes JS script that handles event, using DOM to grab object, then runs as AIR app
AIRIntrospector – similar to Firebug
Maps AIR namespace to JS, allows AIR APIs to be called: var stream = new air.FileStream(); direct in HTML.
Now showing Aptana as IDE fr AIR/JS dev – Aptana now supports AIR
Sandboxed environment to prevent scripting hacks, adds some limitations

Mike Downey – Lighthouse programme – looking for key apps to extend reach of AIR (e.g. EBay desktop) *
Kevin Hoyt – Integrating HTML, JS and AS*
Mixing SWFs using SWFObject – then drags an image from Webkit into his Flash app window, makes a table from the BMP that contains each px colour value(!)
Uses FileStream to re-render px values as image in other application window
Basically levering the WebKit engine in AIR to mix HTML, JS and Flash in the same desktop window and all can communicate with each other.

Serge Jespers
Deploying and updating AIR applications
Self-signed applications report identity as ‘unknown’ on AIR installer, when known ico turns green
Uses any signing mechanism, Thawte etc.
Export Release Build, import certificate
Install badge on Labs
CheckForUpdate() script, parses application descriptor file for current version, compares, prompts user to upgrade

Daniel Dura – AIR APIs
Network detection, File I/0, Window chrome
Multi-window, z-ordering, utility windows (no taskbar entry), Native menus, Drag/Drop from various sources, clipboard, System Tray, notifications, Signing, Icons
..and much more!
Windowing control is very rich
File Sync/Async APIs
SQLLite included
Lots of code on Daniel’s site
Can drag a URL into browser, browser opens
Network/Socket Monitor API – URLMonitor(URLRequest);
Dock notifications

Bah, Macbook batteries don’t last long…

Jeremy Baines – from concept to TechCrunch in 5 days
Developed Alert Thingy – AIR-based social network aggregator with alerts etc, in-application commenting on peoples blogs, actually some very useful features and a good example of using AIR.

Developing Secure AIR Applications (Oliver Goldman)
Imported/loaded content executes with the Loader sandbox – does not run with application privileges by default
Sandbox bridges – opt-in on both sides, arguments are pass-by-value, allow communications between loaded content and application
Can expose function calls, but can’t pass objects
Document.write(), eval() are prohibited to protect sandbox
Suggests only loading signed content – XMLSignatureValidator API available
Implementing update functionality makes urgent updates easy should you find a bug – make updating work first

Gah, batteries really gone now…that’s all for today – excellent day, ice-cold Coke, beer, games, short sessions, direct contact with Engineering team.


March 31, 2008

AIR Linux Alpha released on Adobe Labs

Writing about web page http://labs.adobe.com/wiki/index.php/AIR_for_Linux:Release_Notes

AIR for Linux Alpha was released today on the Adobe Labs site. It’s far from fully-functional yet but it looks like most of the important stuff is there, certainly enough for me to test my AIR applications with.


March 26, 2008

AIR Debug Player – closing orphan instances

Now and again I forget to properly close the debug player from within FlexBuilder, which in most cases is fine for a Flex app because it runs inside your browser instance, but if you do this with an AIR app it sometimes leaves an orphan instance running that you have to close manually, even if you close FlexBuilder – just look for any instances of ADL.EXE in your system process/task manager and close/kill it.


Hello MXNA!

See that little button over there on my sidebar? My blog is now included in the Adobe News Aggregator service, which is fantastic. I’ve been reading MXNA for years and it’s been my primary source of information on all things Flex, Flash and AIR. Hopefully now I’ll be able to actively contribute to a community that has provided me with insight and Actionscript skills over the years.

:-D


March 19, 2008

Flash on iPhone after all?

Writing about web page http://www.macrumors.com/2008/03/18/adobe-bringing-flash-to-the-iphone/

The plot thickens. I really must get out more…

Adobe made comments today that they will be delivering a Flash client for the iPhone. According to Adobe’s Chief Executive Shantanu Narayen, Adobe has downloaded the iPhone SDK and is planning on building a Flash Player for the iPhone and distributing it via Apple’s iTunes App store.

Which is a bit confusing – wouldn’t an application created via the SDK have to run in standalone mode, rather than as a plugin to Mobile Safari? Also, now that Safari 3.1 is out and contains support for video tags and CSS animation/webfonts, I think it’s fairly clear that Apple has its own view on the future of rich web apps, but unless they’ve sorted out the over-zealous font-smoothing (especially on Windows) I’ll stick with ‘slow’ Firefox.


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