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Breaking Out of the Web Browser with Adobe AIR by Nathan Weber, Tom Kaczanko, Peter Dilillo, Mike Nimer, Michael Labriola, Steve Zimmers, Andriy Kupriyenko, Jeff Tapper, Louie Penaflor

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The Genesis of AIR

With the release of Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR), Adobe has suddenly enabled millions of web developers around the world to develop desktop applications using the same technologies they already know. A whole generation of developers has been building applications to run in web browsers, simply because that was the required platform for the technologies they knew. With AIR, those same technologies can now be used to build desktop applications, with no need to house the applications within a web browser. In fact, that is what AIR is, a cross-platform runtime for web applications, without the need for a browser.

To fully understand what AIR is and why it is important, it helps to understand the history of computer applications ...

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