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Hi folks,

 

I'm a developer that has been developing on Windows and NIX platforms for the better part of 10 years.  However, mobile device development is new for me.  I have experience developing Web Apps using HTML, JavaScript and PHP , as well as developing desktop applications using .NET, C++ and even Assembly.

 

I was originally drawn to the PlayBook because I heard that you can develop apps using HTML5 and JavaScript.  However, I keep seeing references to Adobe AIR and that's where I get confused.  What advantages does using Air offer as opposed to HTML5 + JavaScript only?  To use AIR can you only use ActionScript in your coding or can you reference AIR components from within JavaScript?  How much of the Playbooks features/functionality do I have access to in each API?

 

Thanks,