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Adobe AIR Cookbook Contest

Think you can solve common Adobe AIR related coding problems? Then you qualify for the Adobe AIR Cookbook Cook-off contest sponsored by O'Reilly Media to celebrate the upcoming publication of the Adobe AIRCookbook <http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596522506/>.

During this contest, we invite you to submit your best solutions to common AIR coding challenges for a chance to win some great prizes.


Who: RIA developers who are legal residents only of the United States

What: Solution to a common Adobe AIR related coding problem

Where: Adobe AIR cookbook website at
<http://www.adobe.com/go/air_cookbook>

When: Entries accepted between August 11 and September 26, 2008

Why: To have a chance at winning one of four great prizes—as well as helping others in the community build better AIR apps

Four winners will be chosen during the contest period. They will be awarded one of the following prizes:

Grand prize--One pass to the Adobe MAX 2008 conference in San Francisco, California (November 16–19)--valued at US$1,695--and also US$500 in O'Reilly Media books

Second prize--Every English-language Adobe Developer Library (ADL) book published by O'Reilly Media prior to September 1, 2008


Third prize--Five O'Reilly Media books of the winner's choice

Community choice award: US$350 in O'Reilly Media books to the winner of the top-rated recipe during the contest period. For details on how to enter the contest, go to:
<http://www.adobe.com/devnet/logged_in/mkoch_aircookoff.html>

Entries will be judged by a committee of experts from the RIA developer community and Adobe based on user experience, implementation, creativity, relevance, and (for lack of a better word) "AIR-ness." Winners will be notified by e-mail or letter by October 15, 2008.

For more details on the terms and conditions of the contest, please visit the AIR Cookbook Cook-off Rules and Regulations page on InsideRIA:
<http://www.insideria.com/air-cookbook-rules.html>

Google gears trying to play catch up with Adobe AIR

Is Google Gears (an open source browser extension that enables web applications to provide offline functionality using JavaScript API) a competitor to Adobe AIR? According to the google website http://gears.google.com/
It will let you:

  • Store and serve application resources locally
  • Store data locally in a fully-searchable relational database
  • Run asynchronous Javascript to improve application responsiveness

Hmm let's hope the competition helps improve AIR even more!

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