The Web of Tomorrow Part 2: Adobe Air, Adobe Flex

In last month’s article, I talked about jQuery, a JavaScript framework that has gained a lot of popularity in the past couple years and is widely used. Today we are going to be looking at some new technologies and frameworks from Adobe that aren’t as widely used now, but could have a big impact on how we use the Internet in the coming years. I’m talking about two of Adobe’s new products, Adobe Flex and AIR.

What is Adobe AIR?

AIR stands for Adobe Integrated Runtime. It is a system for running applications that you would usually use online on your desktop, and although they run on your desktop, they can still access the Internet. A popular example of an AIR application is e Bay Desktop. E Bay desktop allows users to set up listings off line, and then upload them later when they are online. It also allows people to browse eBay and bid on items through the desktop, and also gives more functionality that using eBay through a browser. read more

The Kingdom of CSS, an allegory of inheritance

In the kingdom of CSS, everyone has their place. The elements, (the DIVs, the As, the LIs, even BODY and TABLE) are the peasants. They do what they are told. Sometimes they have their own ideas about how things are supposed to be, rebellious UL likes his space, for instance, and prissy A likes to be bright blue and underlined like a tramp on the street corner, but some good hard rules quickly put that out of their minds. They are the lowest, widest rung of the CSS kingdom, and as badly as we may treat them, the website would not exist without their labor. read more