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Webtop Software Development: Combining the Desktop and the Internet

Apr 17, 2007, 09:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chad Files)

"Adobe recently created a media buzz with the announcement of a cross-platform Web-enabled runtime environment, code named Apollo. The environment allows developers to create applications that run directly on the desktop while using content from the Web. Adobe has built Apollo to leverage existing technologies such as Flash, Flex, HTML, and AJAX. Apollo is an amazing concept, but it is not a new idea. Sun Microsystems released Java Web Start in 2001, and the Mozilla Foundation invented XUL when it created Firefox. There are also several startups entering the market. All of their products are geared do the same thing: bring Web applications to the desktop.

"Apollo is a runtime environment, meaning that it must be installed on the target machine before any Apollo-enabled applications can be executed. The runtime is free to all end users, the same way the Adobe Flash Player and Adobe PDF Reader are. The Apollo software development kit is free as well and does not require an interactive development environment--at this time. Apollo, being an Adobe product, is built to leverage existing Adobe products such as Flash and Flex..."

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