The basic workflow for developing an AIR application is
the same as most traditional development models: code, compile,
test, and, towards the end of the cycle, package into an installer
You can write the application code using Flash, Flex, and ActionScript
and compile using Flash Professional, Flash Builder or the mxmlc
and compc command-line compilers. You can also write the application
You can test desktop AIR applications with the ADL tool, which
runs an application without requiring it to be packaged and installed
first. Flash Professional, Flash Builder, Dreamweaver, and the Aptana
IDE all integrate with the Flash debugger. You can also launch the
debugger tool, FDB, manually when using ADL from the command line.
ADL, itself, does display errors and trace statement output.
All AIR applications must be packaged into an install file. The
cross-platform AIR file format is recommended unless:
such cases, you can package an AIR application as a platform-specific
native installer file.