10 Adobe AIR Books Worth Looking Into

Looking to get serious with Adobe AIR, what a better way to learn from the experts available from the AIR community. Here is compiled list of new Adobe AIR books,written from the top experts in community, that will get you up to speed on the new technology. Enjoy!

If there is a book I am forgetting, I would be glad to know what else is available.

Creating Mashups with Adobe Flex and AIR

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In this book you’ll learn

  • how to use Flex 3 in conjunction with ActionScript 3.0 to build powerful applications;
  • how you can use Adobe AIR to take your application from the Web and onto the desktop;
  • the differences between developing for the Web and for the desktop;
  • how you can use the APIs of popular web services such as Flickr, Amazon, Google, Twitter, and Last.fm as data sources for your application; and
  • how to optimize your applications for fast and efficient performance.

Adobe AIR: Create – Modify – Reuse (Programmer to Programmer)

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In this book you’ll learn

  • How to communicate with the computer file system
  • Techniques for using and customizing the native windowing API
  • How to read from and locate mp3 files on a local machine to assemble a music library
  • Ways to interact with HTML and JavaScript content within a Flex-based application
  • How to use the native drag-and-drop API for opening and saving image files
  • How to play H.264- and FLV-encoded video
  • Techniques for restyling an HTML page off the Internet locally
  • How to communicate with a local database and expand upon occasional connectivity

Beginning Adobe AIR: Building Applications for the Adobe Integrated Runtime (Programmer to Programmer)

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In this book you’ll learn

  • All about the programming languages available for AIR development
  • How to work with the various tools for building AIR applications
  • Steps for getting data into AIR applications from XML, ColdFusion, JSON, and Web Services
  • Ways to take advantage of the HTML and File System components
  • Strategies for utilizing AIR APIs that handle interactions with the operating system
  • How to move a Flex application to the desktop

Professional AIR: Application Development for the Adobe Integrated Runtime

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In this book you’ll learn

  • Translates languages, frameworks, and architectures of existing Web development
  • Builds progressively to more advanced topics, culminating in real-world applications
  • To manipulate AIR to bring RIA development to the desktop

Adobe AIR for JavaScript Developers Pocket Guide

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Note: Also available as a free ebook

In this book you’ll learn:

  • What Adobe AIR is and the problems this runtime aims to solve
  • A guide to AIR packages, classes, and command line tools.
  • How to set up your development environment
  • The HTML and JavaScript environments within AIR
  • How to create your first AIR application using HTML and JavaScript
  • Ways to perform an array of common tasks with this runtime

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

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In this book you’ll learn:

  • A visual, step-by-step approach
  • Covers all the fundamental AIR concepts
  • Focuses solely on developing AIR applications using HTML and JavaScript

Adobe AIR Bible

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Adobe AIR in Action

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In this book you’ll learn:

  • Introduces AIR to developers familiar with Flex and JavaScript
  • How to build solid AIR-driven desktop and hybrid applications
  • The essential features of the AIR API with examples and code samples
  • To create and customize native windows, read and write files and folders on the local file system

Breaking Out of the Web Browser with Adobe AIR

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In this book you’ll learn the necessary information to build well-architected Desktop applications using Adobe AIR.

Adobe AIR Programming Unleashed

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5 thoughts on “10 Adobe AIR Books Worth Looking Into

  1. I was wanting to know which book I would need to get to learn how to turn my flash programs into desk top applications using AIR? I have recently purchased Beginning Adobe AIR: Building Applications for the Adobe Integrated Runtime (Programmer to Programmer)but this does not give me what I need? I have created a huge program that needs to have the ablility to save to disk and create a diary feature plus a lot more. What I am trying to work out is how to make the technologies talk to each other, how to add the AIR to the flash and get the results I need? If anyone can help with this that would be great! Thanks in advance.:) All I need it the right book!

  2. in Adobe AIR: Create – Modify – Reuse (Programmer to Programmer) exactly the first example is about the file system and file manipulation!

    Cheers!

  3. Hi, i need a book for adobe air and flash but they all seem to use flex. Does anyone have any suggestions? I specifically need help with creating toast style windows and other native window functions

  4. Hi,
    In which book do u think we can get more details about local database connectivity.
    I’m eagerly looking for AIR + MS Access connectivity.

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