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Adobe AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime) with Ajax: Visual QuickPro Guide by Larry Ullman

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Chapter . Introduction

Adobe AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime) is a fantastic new technology that greatly expands the ways in which you can create desktop applications. Traditionally, programs like Microsoft Word, the Firefox Web browser, and Adobe Reader have been written in a programming language like C or C++. Learning such technologies, while not hard, takes some effort, and making graphical applications, let alone cross-platform apps, using them is an even larger hurdle. Now, with Adobe AIR you can use whatever Web development know-how you have—be it Adobe Flash, Adobe Flex, or standard Ajax (HTML and JavaScript)—to create fully functional desktop applications that will run equally well on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

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