on Air Brussels

A long overdue overview of the on Air event in Brussels.

Keynote (Serge Jespers)

  • AIR 1.1 expected middle of 2008 and it will have multi language support (Dutch not confirmed, but French will be in there)
  • Impressive demo of os integration: drag and drop image from air app on ubuntu in virtual machine to mac desktop
  • MAX 2008 will be in Milan
  • I asked Serge behind the scenes about shu and he said adobe isn’t sure weather they’ll allow it.

Building your first Adobe AIR application with Adobe Flex (Mike Chambers)

Two links:

Building your first AIR application with HTML and JavaScript (Kevin Hoyt)

  • Air introspector is like a firebug for Air.
  • Aptana Studio is the best javascript editor ever. Great code completion.
  • The eval() function doesn’t work in html component after onload. This is also a problem for setTimeout. Most javascript frameworks have already been adapted.
  • flexigrid converts html table into interactive flex tables

Leveraging HTML and JavaScript within Adobe AIR (Ryan Stewart)

Reading a zip file with air is accessible from javascript. This gives me perspectives for quite a few apps.

Deploying and Updating AIR Applications (Serge Jespers)

  • Signing your Air apps is not only recommended, it changes the warning in the installer into something less scary. Thawte is selling certificates (299 $ / year = 190 € / year)
  • New Air install badge in beta.

Introduction to SQLite in Adobe AIR (Peter Elst)

You can watch it yourself and the slides and apps are online too. This was my favorite session of the day. There is something about storing flvs from youtube in a local database that is so cool …

Developing Secure AIR Applications (Oliver Goldman)

Among many other things Oliver recommended to check the version number yourself when upgrading to prevent downgrade attacks. You can’t rely on the user to look at it himself.

Using JavaScript Frameworks in AIR Applications (Andre Charland)

AIR Conditioning (Lee Brimelow)

Lee showed us a lot of really fun apps, you can find his slides here.

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