First thoughts on Adobe's Apollo

Submitted by Falken on Tue, 03/20/2007 - 09:29

For an alpha release, Adobe's Flex-HTML-PDF desktop runtime is fairly funky.

There are gotchas (check the ApolloCoders mailing list) but in general it took an afternoon to go from writing web-based Flex (or Flash, or (D)HTML, if you prefer) applications to building installable desktop versions of the same - using both the free SDK and the plugin to Flex Builder / Eclipse.

A quick skim of the 'Apollo for Flex developers' book leads me to believe it'll be very very easy to take advantage of the new APIs as they arrive in later releases.

The runtime itself is fairly small, and has nice version management and friendly dialogues for when the user gets a new version of the application, and there is also support for the application updating itself.

Go get it !