Posts in Category "Adobe AIR"

Best of 2012 article & tutorial list

While there are still a couple months left in 2012, I wanted to post some of our highest rated/trafficked content pieces that the Adobe Developer Connection has published in 2012.  There is some top notch content in the list below thanks to our terrific community authors who continue to donate their time to write tutorials for the larger development community.

Which piece is your favorite??

PhoneGap content:

JavaScript fundamentals & frameworks:

Web standards:

Flash Professional CS6:

Designing for multiple screens:

 

Happy reading & happy coding!

Updated: Facebook Developer Center on the ADC

Adobe just released a major update to the Adobe ActionScript 3 SDK for Facebook Platform (formerly: ActionScript 3 Client Library for Facebook Platform API). Developed by gskinner.com and fully supported by Facebook and Adobe, this class library facilitates the development of Flash Platform applications that communicate with Facebook using the Graph API. To help you get started, we also posted new and updated resources in the Adobe Developer Connection, including two new inspirational showcase examples: FIFA Superstars (developed by Playfish) and Glee Your Life (developed by Trailer Park, Inc. for FOX Home Entertainment).

To understand the technologies behind these applications and the types of applications you can build and how they communicate with your server and Facebook, refer to the Technology overview and the Architecture overview articles.

To get started with this new API, watch Alan Greenblatt’s overview video, and then step through Jeanette Stallons’s four-part tutorial series on Creating your first Flex and Facebook application, which covers building applications that you can deploy to the desktop, browser, and Facebook.com.

To jumpstart your development, we’ve also included 13 updated and new code samples for you to explore and reuse.

Check it out: Download the new ActionScript 3 SDK for Facebook Platform from Google Code, check out the new resources in the Facebook Developer Center and be sure to provide us with feedback and participate in the discussions on this new API.

Michael Koch
Adobe Developer Connection

Adobe Cookbooks – Contributor Spotlight

I wanted to take a moment to highlight a few cookbook contributors who have been extremely active in the Adobe Cookbooks lately.

Elad Elrom: Elad is a rising star of the Flash development world. He brings a fresh perspective, a strong background, and an inherent knack for the more subtle aspects of the Flash platform. The author of several books, Elad has also been invited to be a member of the Adobe Community Professional program. Additionally, he is one of the organizers of the upcoming Flash And The City event. Recently Elad has contributed a bunch of excellent cookbook recipes focusing on AIR 2; check them out!

David Powers: If you are part of the Dreamweaver or PHP communities then the name David Powers is probably not unfamiliar to you. David is constantly out there assisting the community and is also a member of the Adobe Community Professional program. David is also the author of several best-selling books about Dreamweaver and PHP, including “The Essential Guide to Dreamweaver CS4 with CSS, Ajax, and PHP“, “PHP Solutions“, and “PHP Object-Oriented Solutions“. David has recently been making quite a splash in the Adobe Cookbooks with his recipe contributions. You can see a list of his recipe contributions here.

Sergey Landar: Sergey is a relative newcomer to the scene. He has 5 years of experience in UI for the web and has recently started picking up ActionScript to expand his skillset. Sergey has contributed over 40 cookbook recipes over the past several months, sharing tips and tricks with the community as he picks them up in the course of his learning. Be sure to check out his impressive list of recipes.

A big thank you to Elad, David and Sergey! It is folks like you who continue to make the Adobe Cookbooks a great resource for the community.

Show off your AIR dev skills for a chance to win some great prizes

Think you can solve common Adobe AIR related coding problems? Then you qualify for the Adobe AIR Cookbook Cook-off contest, sponsored by O’Reilly Media, to celebrate the upcoming publication of the Adobe AIR Cookbook. During this contest, we invite you to submit your best solutions to common AIR coding challenges for a chance to win a pass to MAX 2008 and some other great prizes. Read the announcement for more details, and be sure to tell your fellow developers about this opportunity.

Adobe AIR cookbook: Get involved

Yesterday, we launched Adobe AIR 1.1, which includes support for localized and international applications. To help grow the AIR developer community, we also launched a beta version of the Adobe AIR cookbook, where you can post solutions and work-arounds to common coding problems related to building Flex, Flash, or HTML/Ajax-based apps on Adobe AIR, as well as rate and comment on posts.

If you have a solution related to building on AIR, be sure to post it to the AIR cookbook for a chance to have your solution appear in the upcoming Adobe AIR Cookbook. The book will be written and compiled by David Tucker, Marco Casario, Rich Tretola, and Koen De Weggheleire and published by O’Reilly Media. All posts will receive equal consideration.

For information on the online AIR cookbook, go to the AIR Developer Center; for more infor on the upcoming O’Reilly AIR Cookbook, check out David Tucker’s blog.

New Adobe Media Player Developer Center

Adobe Media Player (“don’t call it AMP!”) was unleashed a couple days ago and — to support the product’s debut — we launched a developer center to facilitate the “behind the scenes” coding you can do with Adobe Media Player. It’s not exactly a developer tool, but Adobe Media Player runs on RSS feeds that you can play with. (Hey, it’s also an Adobe AIR application — that’s pretty cool.)

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Check out the new Adobe Media Player Developer Center to learn about the new desktop media player and understand how it consumes Media RSS feeds. You can also download the Content Developer Kit. It’s a big PDF file now but we will be producing excerpts on the website over the coming days.

ActionScript reference for RIA development

Mike Chambers and Frog Design have done an excellent job compiling an alphabetical reference for all native ActionScript APIs for the Adobe technology platform runtimes: Adobe Flash Player and Adobe AIR, as well as the Adobe Flex framework APIs.

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Use this guide both as an API reference and a tool to learn about the ActionScript APIs available within the runtimes. Mike says that this document is released under a Creative Commons license (people can redistribute, edit, and print). You could probably even have the source Adobe InDesign file if you wanted it. It’ll definitely be handed out at conferences — and maybe even the on AIR Tour now crisscrossing Europe.

Creating great user experiences on AIR

If you happened to attend MAX 2007 in Chicago, you were among the first to see a demo of an enticing and entertaining new desktop shopping experience courtesy of e-commerce solution provider Allurent Allurent Desktop Connection. Allurent built the prototype in Flex on AIR for Anthropologie, the women’s apparel and home goods retailer, and Daniel Rinehart, software architect at Allurent, shares some of his experiences working on the app.

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Check out his article, User experience considerations with SQLite operations, in which he explores how to manipulate information in a SQLite database using the rich APIs provided by the AIR runtime to produce the rich interactive shopping experience demoed at MAX 2007.

Shantanu Narayen and Kevin Lynch speak at Engage 2008

Engage 2008 came and went (what, you didn’t get the invite? neither did anyone I know, including me) but you can see what happened early in the day by viewing this 50-min. video of Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen and CTO Kevin Lynch presenting in front of the audience of “key thought leaders and influencers.”

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If you can’t get enough of Engage 2008, there’s aways Scoble’s shaky Qik videos to entertain you.

New content in the AIR Developer Center

Last night, on the occasion of the public release of the Adobe AIR runtime, we went live with new and updated content in the Adobe AIR Developer Center. Now that the AIR runtime is out of Labs, we hope to make the AIR Developer Center your destination for tips on building AIR apps, as well as a source of inspiration for what you can do with AIR–from fun to functional. For example, in Sudoku on AIR , Giorgio Natili demonstrates how easy it is to bring a browser-based Flash app to the desktop, and Nicolas Lierman, creator of the Analytics Reporting Suite for Google Analytics, shares how AIR helped him realize his idea of a cool, new app. You, too, can build on AIR. Let me know what you think, or what AIR-related topics you’re interested in.