I met up with a good friend of mine, Laurence Barry, who had a moment of Flickr fame when he appeared in the centre of the “London venue is packed” photo. I’ve enhanced the image below to extend his moment of vague fame for a another day or so:
I missed out on the glory due to someone in the foreground blocking me, so have added a subtle blue arrow to show where I am in the picture.
Currently AIR applications install and run on Windows PCs and Macs. A version for Linux is in the pipeline., though no release date was offered. As ever, the Adobe employees refused to speculate on when/ if AIR might appear on other platforms.
Laurence raised a very good point regarding AIR though, that I hadn’t really thought about: what actually is it for? To explain: once people were happy with desktop applications. Then the web came along with its Ajax and Flash features and Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) became the rage. Yet almost as soon as RIA technologies take off, here is Adobe offering a product that enables those RIAs to be turned back into desktop applications. So why not just build a desktop application, using .NET/Mono, Java etc, rather than using technologies that were never really designed for application development?