2 Replies Latest reply on Aug 11, 2008 10:03 AM by Dr. Fred Mbogo

    Air programs without having flash

    nikos101 Level 2
      Can you run Air programs without having flash installed?
        • 2. Re:  Air programs without having flash
          Dr. Fred Mbogo Level 1
          If you're on Windows and are just looking to write a program with an HTML interface and Javascript for the application logic, Microsoft invented something much like AIR about 8 years ago called HTML Applications ( http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms536496.aspx). It's basically a web page with one special tag at the top to set some application-like properties for the main window, named with a .hta suffix so Windows knows to open it with IE.

          The technology hasn't moved forward since the days of IE4, except of course that the base rendering engine has gotten a lot more powerful. You also lose out on cross-platform compatibility, and to get the single-file download-and-install behavior you get for free with AIR, you'll have to separately build some kind of installer, like an MSI. In an HTA, all of IE's security features are turned off, so you can do things like access COM objects to use more powerful APIs than a web app normally has access to. Through that interface, you can do all the same sorts of local file and DB access that AIR can do.

          Bottom line, you can think of HTAs as "AIR Lite for Windows". AIR is portable and, on the whole, a lot more powerful, but if you can tolerate its limits, it can be a good solution.