Since coming to Adobe, I’ve spent a great deal of time supporting the release of Adobe AIR. To help developers get up to speed on the new technology, the On AIR Bus Tour visited 18 cities across the United States and a similar AIR tour crisscrossed Europe. Over the course of those many miles and months, we reached a huge number of developers and did our best to help get them started building their own AIR applications.
The community has responded. As of this writing there are over 25,000,000 installs of Adobe AIR and a steady stream of new applications being released. With Adobe AIR 1.5, developers now have access to all of the amazing new features in Flash Player 10, including native 3D support, dynamic sound generation, and Pixel Bender.
To harness this new power, however, developers need learning resources. Although novice developers can get up to speed using the articles and tutorials at the Adobe AIR Developer Center (http://www.adobe.com/devnet/air) as well as a few introductory books, intermediate and advanced developers have been largely on their own. There hasn’t been a more advanced resource that focuses on providing solutions and code snippets for real-world AIR development—until now. This is why I’m so excited about the Adobe AIR 1.5 Cookbook. I’ve always been a fan of the O’Reilly cookbook series.
Many aspects of this book make it a great reference. To begin with, Adobe AIR 1.5 Cookbook is the first book to cover Adobe AIR 1.5, so you can be sure that you will have an up-to-date reference. You couldn’t ask for a better group of authors to help teach you the ins and outs of AIR development. An active member of the Flash community, David Tucker has created great video training on AIR for Lynda.com. A frequent speaker on the conference circuit, Marco Casario is an authority on all things Flash, Flex, and AIR. Koen De Weggheleire is a highly energetic Flash Platform expert from Belgium who is also extremely active in the community. Rich Tretola has been involved with AIR from the beginning and is a recognized Flex expert.
Packed with advice from such a trusted team, Adobe AIR 1.5 Cookbook will find a permanent home beside my keyboard whenever I’m doing any AIR development.