Thursday, June 28, 2007

Installing Adobe AIR on Windows Vista

1. Download Adobe AIR SDK from Adobe labs

2. Extract the archive to a designated folder, in our case E:\AIR. (I am using 7-zip

3. You need to set PATH environment variable to your Adobe AIR bin folder (E:\AIR\bin). To do that, right click on "My Computer" and click on Properties:

4. Click on Advanced system settings and then on the new window click on Environment Variables:

Select "PATH" and click Edit...
Then, type: ;E:\AIR\bin

5. Press Ctrl + R and type cmd. Then type: adt. If a meessage like:

Too few arguments.
adt -package ...

comes up, then Adobe AIR is installed on your system.

6. Now, to really run something on AIR. Open on your browser: Adobe AIR sample applications.

Download Fresh, which is an rss reader built using HTML/javascript/ajax & co and unzip it to E:\AIR\samples\Fresh.
The contents of the folder should look something like this:

Now open a console (if you closed the previous one) and type: e: (go to drive E: or whatever drive you used to unzip Adobe AIR sdk) and then type: cd E:\AIR\samples\Fresh.
Now type: adl application.xml:

And now we have Fresh running on AIR:


Monday, June 25, 2007


First iPhoneDevCamp will take place between 6-8 July:

PhoneDevCamp is an upcoming gathering, inspired by BarCamp, SuperHappyDevHouse, and MacHack, to develop web-based applications and optimize web sites for iPhone. It is a non-commercial event, organized by volunteers, with attendance free to all. By the completion of the weekend event, a number of iPhone-ready web applications and web sites will be launched to the public. The event will be held at the San Francisco offices of Adobe, and out-of-town guests are welcome.

Attendees will include web designers, developers, testers, and iPhone owners, all working together over the weekend to improve the web experience for iPhone. Development projects will include both solo and team efforts. While some attendees will wish to work solo during the event, we encourage attendees to team up, based on expertise, to work in ad-hoc project development teams. All attendees should be prepared to work on a development project during the event. You do not need to own an iPhone to attend (although, a large number of iPhones at the event will make the development and testing process much easier).

Attendees will be able to:

  • Create new web applications for iPhone.
  • Optimize existing web applications for iPhone.
  • Migrate Dashboard Widgets to web-based widgets for iPhone.
  • Test and optimize web sites for iPhone.
The event is being held the week following the public release of iPhone, to allow prospective attendees some time to acquire an iPhone. This also allows early-acquirers the opportunity to do some experimentation before attending the event.

iPhoneDevCamp is not affiliated with Apple, Inc.

More details at: iPhoneDevCamp

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

iPhone SDK - Safari, iPhone Apps = Web 2.0

Steve Jobs announced that:
revolutionary iPhone™ will run applications created with Web 2.0 Internet standards when it begins shipping on June 29. Developers can create Web 2.0 applications which look and behave just like the applications built into iPhone, and which can seamlessly access iPhone’s services, including making a phone call, sending an email and displaying a location in Google Maps. Third-party applications created using Web 2.0 standards can extend iPhone’s capabilities without compromising its reliability or security.
Source: iPhone to Support Third-Party Web 2.0 Applications It's a very nice approach and a bold move. Basicly, now he have affordable internet access on mobile phones, so why not use that... I can't wait for iPhone to be available in Romania, too... Meanwhile you can track a list of iPhone applications: