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Adobe AIR

46 Ratings

ASP.NET

97 Ratings

Adobe AIR

46 Ratings
Score 6.8 out of 101

ASP.NET

97 Ratings
Score 8.6 out of 101

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Adobe AIR

Adobe AIR is well-suited for a developer who is already familiar with Flash and AS3. It is well-suited for 2D app development using Starling or another third-party graphics library. However, to be used appropriately and avoid errors and poor performance, a basic understanding of programming principles is needed, so it's not great for a designer who hasn't studied a lot of coding.
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ASP.NET

ASP.NET is very well suited for building web applications for users that have good experience with .NET framework and C#. The learning curve is very mild and allows for very quick development of applications because of all the templates that can be utilized (available with Visual Studio). Moreover, Visual Studio 2015/2017 community edition is free and contains a large set of features for developing, compiling and debugging ASP.NET applications. From personal experience with the introduction of Web API it is very easy to build RESTful APIs and it is a breeze to publish on IIS servers with a click of a button. Additional advantage is when using Azure services which also allows quick publishing of ASP.NET applications to the cloud with very little configuration needed.I would assume that it is more difficult to jump to ASP.NET from a different technology and programming languages. Even within ASP.NET it can be a bit of a steep learning curve to move from Web Forms to MVC for example.
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Pros

  • Adobe AIR supports a lot of commonly needed features for mobile app development.
  • It is fairly stable and consistent once you learn how to use it.
  • It is cross-platform and is supported by some useful third-party plugins.
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  • Easy to integrate with IIS on any windows server
  • Easy to integrate with SQL Server
  • Easy to create web apis restful or rpc
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Cons

  • It is cumbersome to update if you use Flash Builder.
  • It still relies on Flash and vector graphics and therefore can have poor performance unless you are using a third-party library such as Starling.
  • It is updated somewhat slowly and is still missing some useful features such as controller support.
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  • Single page applications are still difficult to develop
  • Cost can be a possible issue
  • Not enough tools for SEO and ADA requirements
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ASP.NET10.0
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It is the backbone of all our products
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Usability

Adobe AIR7.0
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Although Adobe AIR is just an SDK without an actual "UI" it's commonly used within Flash, Flash Builder, or FlashDevelop. Considering the integration with Flash IDE, there are very few tools that can compete with its features.
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Generally stacks up fairly negatively, program definitely has its place, I appreciate what it can allow but now most desktop apps are fine enough as browser based experiences or for personal use mobile is the way to go. Air isn't the best environment for that.
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The in-house framework of ASP.NET reduces a lot of boilerplate code and also easier to start. The development environment is amazingly faster.
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Return on Investment

  • It's a safe environment, great for entry-level programmers to get started and show their ideas.
  • Easy to get started, build and iterate.
  • However, at a certain point, Air applications can become unwieldy so for any serious project. We often would rather build it all outside of a middleware environment.
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  • It increased the effecieny of the team
  • Decreased the number of bugs and rounds
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Pricing Details

Adobe AIR

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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ASP.NET

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details