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AIR for Flash Developers (2008)

with David Tucker

Video: Welcome

Web developers can learn to leverage their Flash, Flex, HTML, and AJAX skills to create multi-platform desktop applications in AIR.
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  1. 1m 26s
    1. Welcome
    2. Using the example files
  2. 2m 26s
    1. Introduction to AIR
      1m 16s
    2. Getting started with AIR
      1m 10s
  3. 16m 25s
    1. Understanding the AIR application workflow
      3m 58s
    2. Modifying the Application and Installer settings
      6m 13s
    3. Signing your AIR application
      3m 6s
    4. Packaging your AIR application
      3m 8s
  4. 26m 50s
    1. Introducing the Clipboard
      3m 15s
    2. Understanding the Clipboard
      2m 36s
    3. Adding data to the Clipboard
      9m 39s
    4. Getting data from the Clipboard
      5m 56s
    5. Using deferred rendering
      5m 24s
  5. 12m 58s
    1. Understanding drag-and-drop operations
      1m 25s
    2. Supporting a drag operation
      5m 9s
    3. Accepting dropped data
      6m 24s
  6. 50m 48s
    1. Introducing file system support
      3m 15s
    2. Working asynchronously vs. synchronously
      2m 55s
    3. Browsing for files and directories
      4m 14s
    4. Listing the contents of a directory
      7m 41s
    5. Using the File class properties
      4m 44s
    6. Performing file system actions
      10m 12s
    7. Writing data to a file
      8m 24s
    8. Reading files
      7m 41s
    9. Using temporary files and directories
      1m 42s
  7. 37m 10s
    1. Introducing HTML in AIR
      2m 27s
    2. Using the HTMLLoader
      8m 34s
    3. Scrolling HTMLLoader content
      12m 20s
    4. Accessing HTML history
      9m 21s
    5. Using script bridging
      4m 28s
  8. 13m 53s
    1. Detecting PDF support
      5m 15s
    2. Loading a PDF file with HTMLLoader
      7m 30s
    3. Limitations of PDF support
      1m 8s
  9. 48m 23s
    1. Introducing native windows
      4m 23s
    2. Creating standard windows
      11m 15s
    3. Creating windows with custom chrome
      11m 17s
    4. Creating resizable windows
      8m 36s
    5. Creating full-screen windows
      8m 3s
    6. Setting a window to always be on top
      4m 49s
  10. 18m 55s
    1. Showing and hiding windows
      3m 41s
    2. Changing window order
      5m 7s
    3. Listening to multiple windows
      10m 7s
  11. 46m 53s
    1. Introducing native operating system integration
      3m 6s
    2. Using application menus
      11m 31s
    3. Using window menus
      4m 28s
    4. Using context menus
      3m 23s
    5. Setting up context menus
      2m 38s
    6. Using system tray interaction
      9m 26s
    7. Using dock integration
      4m 15s
    8. Setting up event notifications
      8m 6s
  12. 11m 0s
    1. Understanding the service monitor framework
      1m 50s
    2. Using the URL monitor
      6m 16s
    3. Using the service monitor
      2m 54s
  13. 52m 26s
    1. Using the Contacts application
      5m 42s
    2. Introducing the SQLite local database
      2m 54s
    3. Working asynchronously vs. synchronously
      2m 45s
    4. Creating a database
      6m 57s
    5. Creating tables
      10m 11s
    6. Creating SQL statements with parameters
      13m 51s
    7. Selecting data and retrieving results
      10m 6s
  14. 16m 10s
    1. Working with byte arrays
      2m 23s
    2. Inserting data
      8m 18s
    3. Retrieving data
      5m 29s
  15. 18m 57s
    1. Using command-line arguments
      6m 18s
    2. Using AIR to open files
      6m 2s
    3. Custom file types
      5m 3s
    4. Launching an application at startup
      1m 34s
  16. 27m 51s
    1. Understanding the updater
      7m 2s
    2. Retrieving an update file
      9m 16s
    3. Performing an update
      11m 33s
  17. 9m 46s
    1. Closing an application gracefully
      5m 24s
    2. Supporting multiple monitors
      4m 22s
  18. 12m 23s
    1. Installing a local web server
      2m 27s
    2. Using a download link
      4m 35s
    3. Using the Seamless Install Badge
      5m 21s
  19. 19s
    1. Goodbye

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AIR for Flash Developers (2008)
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Rich internet applications become more popular and powerful every year, but they have been limited to what can be done from within a web browser. Adobe AIR allows web developers to leverage their Flash, Flex, HTML, and AJAX skills to create multi-platform desktop applications. In AIR for Flash Developers, David Tucker uses Flash CS3 Professional to create several AIR applications, exploring the workflow and features of the AIR extension and runtime along the way. He discusses how to integrate with an operating system; how to incorporate HTML and PDFs; how to use the local SQLite database for information; how to package, distribute, and update AIR applications; and much more. Example files accompany the course.

Note: This course will be most valuable to those who are familiar with ActionScript 3.0 and XML within Flash CS3 Professional.

Topics include:
  • Exchanging data with the Clipboard
  • Supporting drag-and-drop functionality
  • Performing file system actions
  • Managing multiple native windows
  • Using application, window, and context menus
  • Monitoring network connections
  • Synchronizing online and offline data
AIR Flash Professional


Welcome, I'm really glad you are here for this series and whether you're just curious about AIR or if you've already built an application, I really believe you can get a lot out of this series. AIR provides so much new functionality for Flash developers. And I am really excited to see the kind of applications that will be coming out over the next year. Now you maybe wondering, how am I connected with AIR? Well, I am an AIR, Flash and Flex developer from Savannah, Georgia and I have been working with AIR since its early days when it was still called the Apollo. I'm also a writer at where I blog about AIR and its affect on rich internet application landscape. I'm also a contributor to the Adobe AIR Developer Center as well as maintaining my own blog at, where I focus on AIR related projects. Now I hope that you are as excited about the possibilities with AIR as I am.

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