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Adobe AIR

46 Ratings

NetBeans

51 Ratings

Adobe AIR

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Score 7.9 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

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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NetBeans

If you are a beginner, then NetBeans IDE is the best choice for you for development in Java, Javascript, PHP etc. It is a software that allows quick adaptation for new projects or people who do not know much about development. I fully recommend NetBeans IDE; with additional plugins installed it can be used for development with other programming languages.
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Pros

  • Easy to develop for, skills for programs such as Adobe Animate and basic backend translate well to the program.
  • Stable across multiple different platforms.
  • Can get a working prototype really quickly
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  • It supports multiple programming languages, so you can code frontend code and backend code in the same app. There's no need to switch to other apps or go to the console to execute things.
  • If you need to guarantee that your PHP application is OK and without any errors, NetBeans includes tools and support for external tools to do code quality reviews, interpreter errors, version compatibility, etc.
  • If you are doing multi-platform development, NetBeans can share its config between OSs so you can switch to another OS and do your job with the same configuration.
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Cons

  • Adobe Air applications are taxing on a user's CPU, especially considering how simple a lot of the apps are.
  • Updating and installing Air based applications is very user unfriendly, often asks for updates that are aggressively pushed to the front of the user.
  • As HTML 5 has gotten more and more sophisticated, for basic things a lot of times browser-based apps make a lot more sense.
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  • Main problem is its performance, JAVA IDEs are great but heavy and slow on older machines, and sometimes you'll feel like editing files is slow.
  • Netbean can include tools or develop plugins to add compatibility with multiple PHP frameworks and WordPress installation so you can develop better apps.
  • It should add better support for custom formatting so you can format your code with custom rules.
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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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NetBeans8.0
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Netbeans enhances my coding work, shows me where I have errors and helps find variable instances. I would be lost without find/replace in projects functionality as I use projects as templates for new projects. Occasionally the code hints aggravate me, but I understand that it is actually making me a better coder, working to get the 'green light' of a clean file with no errors or clumsy code.
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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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Easy to use. Not really proprietary to a single vendor or language.
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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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  • Helped to improve use of developer time with built in tools
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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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NetBeans

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