Can you give us more details on what type of application/project you're trying to achieve.
What functionality is missing?
Dragos Georgita | Adobe AIR Engineering
Well the type of application I have is web based. With php and mysql and I'm
starting to integrate jquery for some nice user friendly experience. And I
have always wanted to make it a desktop version some how some way. but it
would need to still have and internet connection for at least one version.
and then maybe a standalone that could integrate gears (still in planning).
Then I found air. And after some research I got more interested. Especially
with the ebay desktop video. But it only seems that you can use html/ajax
and call php in with ajax. Which is fine but it kind of seems a little
backwards to me. I then did a little more research and learned about flex.
But that seems to be redundant. Then there is the thing that I would have to
learn about a new program and it cost money which I don't have. Yes I
understand the business model with another program but you would think that
you could just use straight up php and ajax with air. unless anyone can
point me to a thing like air, that can make something a desktop version.
Now I think I understand better. You're looking for a runtime that runs both the client code (that's usually running inside browser - HTML/Ajax or Flex) but also the server-side, in your case PHP: all these wrapped up in a standalone application.
As you know, AIR is about running client code (Ajax or Flex) enhanced with APIs that make sense for desktop apps (the kind of functionality you're usually finding in server-side scripting languages - file system access, database - but also others desktop specific - working with native windows, menus, notifications).
However, you can also have your client code running as a standalone app in AIR but making calls to services that are implemented in PHP and run on the server.
Hope this clears up some things,