Adobe onAIR London 2008 (Morning)
Review: onAIR London 2008 - Morning Sessions at onAIR London 2008, The Brewery in London, 52 Chiswell Street, London 10:00 to 12:15
Free stuff and breakfast - Everyone who attended got a free t-shirt and an O'Reilly Shortcut, Flex 3 Early Evaluation: Assessing Flex and Your Project Needs. Not bad swag (or schwag, as they insisted on calling it), especially when considering this is the first of these sort of things I've been to where they had free t-shirts in XXL. There was also a lot of high value (and some not so high value...) giveaways throughout the day on a raffle type system (no prizes for me, though ). Breakfast was tea, coffee, juice and sugary donut things to be consumed while playing with the XBox or Wii.
Keynote - Andrew Shorten presented AIR as the latest in a long line of 'disruptive innovation' from Adobe (and Macromedia), it was marketing hype but I'm sure we can let them off. He listed the key use cases for AIR applications (as opposed to web apps):
- Applications without persistent connections
- 'Branded' experiences
- When desktop functionality was required
- Local data access scenarios
- Efficient development
There was mention of a few apps which demonstrated the above features, but not enough time to go into details.
AIRAliases.js which gives you access to the OS integration features through references like
air.File.desktopDirectory.resolvePath (resolves the file path to the user's desktop) and
IFRAME in the Non-Application Sandbox which runs like normal JS, with
eval and dynamic content creation, but with no direct access to the AIR API, then talk to your Application Sandbox through the SandboxBridge.
ExternalInterface.addCallback and then use
browser.window.document reference. From what I understand this is fairly standard for Flash and HTML without AIR being involved, what AIR adds is a greater consistency and closer integration. In an AIR app you can reach inside the Flash runtime from JS using a
Lunch - it's my policy never to complain about a free lunch, fortunately in this case I had no desire to Serving staff came to us with trays of finger snacks while we were queuing for the food table, and later came around with little bowls of hot food. I had a lamb and potatoes thing. The only vaguely confusing thing was they seemed to expect me to eat gravy with a fork, but it all tasted good.
I'm going to stop here, since it's taken me over a week already and I'm only half way through the day. The morning by itself definitely deserves a , if you're still wavering about whether or not to go to any of the events on the second half of the European tour I'd say it's well worth a day out. A few other folk have been a lot quicker off the mark than me - out of 5Remy Sharp and James Ford are two I've come across (you can even see me in one of the pictures in the second one).
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