Adobe AIR, taking RIAs to Desktops

Adobe AIR I’m pretty much sure that you must have heard (and talked) a lot about how the next big thing (after desktop.. and Micro$oft’s humongous success in that arena) would be taking desktop applications to web (and many of you would be in a queue to purchase Google shares for too-too-too-much price) and there are tangible examples to quote, for example, Google docs (formerly Writely, acquired by Google), Google Spreadsheets, Google Presentation etcetera.

No, no. Don’t think that I mistyped the title. It’s alright.

What am I upto?

A pathbreaking technology from Adobe, AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime) is all about taking Rich Internet Applications (RIA) to Desktops i.e. having a desktop application which will communicate with web and deliver rich content right there. Adobe website says:

Adobe® AIR™ lets developers use their existing web development skills in HTML, AJAX, Flash and Flex to build and deploy rich Internet applications to the desktop.

This is a cross platform technology and an application written for MS Windows will work with Linux platform. No migration (read porting) required. Don’t see any released development support for Linux though. I will keep posted.

What do you need to get started?

I’ve started with AIR application development and am hooked to it (as I’m to most technologies I try out), you should also get your hands wet once with it and I’m sure you gonna love it. (Affiliation: I’m employed with Adobe Systems).

AIR Showcase. Adobe Labs. Adobe Flex