Open Source RIA books site – toString

Mike Chambers of Adobe have announced a new site that he’ve been working on called, which in addition to containing the entire Adobe AIR for JavaScript Developers Pocketguide online, also provides an infrastructure for the community to contribute to the books, both through hosting translated versions of the books, as well as allowing comments on individual chapters.

If you’re into Adobe AIR, RIAs or the Flash Platform, the site tries to make it easier to reference / search the book content online. If you find an issue, or something isn’t clear, Mike encourages its visitors/users to leave a comment on the chapter to clarify or get clarification.

All content on the site is released under Creative Commons licenses, which in essence means that this is the community’s site, and the books are the community’s books.



James Whittaker‘s FreshAIRApps is not just a website that showcase some of the best and popular Adobe AIR Applications but also provides the community with AIR updates, tutorials and other resources.

The Showcase is the main attraction at FreshAIRApps. It gives a review of an AIR app and allows users to provide opinions in the comments and rate the apps. Users/Visitors can also submit an AIR app for reviewing.

FreshAIRApps is perhaps the first of its kind to concentrate totally on Adobe AIR. It might just prove to be a great resource site for the Adobe AIR developer and designer community.

Adobe AIR for JavaScript Developers

Adobe AIR for JavaScript Developers PocketguideReading Mike Chambers latest post let me to Ajaxian’s article on the release of the free eBook — Adobe AIR for JavaScript Developers Pocketguide.

Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License, the book provides an introduction to Adobe AIR for developers interested in building AIR applications using JavaScript, HTML and CSS.

Download the book (pdf) from Ajaxian or order one from Amazon.

The book is written by the members of the AIR Team itself and besides the — Introduction to Adobe AIR, Getting Started with Adobe AIR Development and Working with JavaScript and HTML Within Adobe AIR — there is even a mini cookbook on Adobe AIR for JavaScript Developers.


DARE – Adobe AIR Development Web Server

DAREAmongst all the Adobe Media Player and Adobe TV articles that swamped my RSS Feed Reader today, there was a lone but very interesting article from Ted Patrick – DARE.

DARE will simplify AIR Application development for XHTML/JS/CSS Developers. They can easily develop AIR Apps pretty much like developing a HTML App — no compilation — just develop, “refresh” and you got your AIR App.
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Twitter client Twhirl acquired by Seesmic

TwhirlThe acquisition of Twhirl, for an undisclosed amount, by Seesmic is an interesting news from many angle, the most interesting being Twhirl an AIR application which can run on both Windows and Mac, and of course on Linux.

Twhirl is a popular desktop Twitter client, based on the Adobe AIR platform, developed by Marco Kaiser. Besides being able to acess Twitter service directly from the Desktop, Twhirl also cross post to other services like Pownce and Jaiku.

Twhirl is one of the best Desktop Twitter clients available, amongst others like Twitterific and Instant Messenger Clients. Seesmic plans to enhance the application further and eventually make it the official Seesmic Desktop Client.

I hope this news made a sudden burst of interest among Windows, Mac and Linux AIR Developers.

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