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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 definitely well-suited for Enterprise applications as it was designed for just such a purpose. It has capabilities to produce cross-platform solutions. The learning curve when switching can be intimidating, but as long as your team has a decent knowledge of general web development, then it should not be too difficult to make the transition. You will be satisfied in the end.
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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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  • C# is a great language and .NET has a lot of powerful functionality like LINQ.
  • Easy to integrate with SQL server and other Microsoft solutions (Entity Framework is great).
  • Microsoft tools - get the latest updates and support. They usually have great offerings for early stage startups.
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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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  • need easier integration of css pre-compilers
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ASP.NET10.0
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It is the backbone of all our products
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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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Alternatives Considered

Appcelerator is open source and is very good, but my company wanted something more business-oriented and with more formal support.
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Compared to plain HTML/CSS/JS, ASP.Net adds many productivity tools and frameworks that allow for more rapid and robust development.
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Return on Investment

  • It's made creating training apps easier and the apps more portable, saving time. No need to create apps for each platform.
  • Since it enables us to use in house talent to create apps, we can save on some outsourcing.
  • Cost of the license is not too expensive compared to the alternatives.
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  • Due to readily available resources, it was easy to ramp up
  • inbuild drag-and-drop server controls helps for faster development
  • We were also able to train freshers very quickly
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Adobe AIR

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Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
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ASP.NET

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