Short for Adobe Integrated Runtime, AIR is a new Adobe environment that is an extra layer of software that allows the same program to run on different operating systems and hardware, much like Java runs. AIR allows applications to be installed on the local operating system and accessed from the desktop just like the other applications that the desktop user runs. At the same time, AIR applications can access online information. AIR applications can run either online or offline, but is aimed at Web developers and its primary use is to enable Web applications and Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) to be deployed to the desktop. The eBay Desktop and Google Analytics are examples of prototypical AIR applications.
See Rich Internet Application (RIA).
- Active Server Pages
Abbreviated as ASP, a specification for a dynamically created Web page with a .ASP extension that utilizes ActiveX scripting — usually VB Script or Jscript code. When a browser requests an ASP, the Web server generates a page with HTML code and sends it back to the browser. So ASPs are similar to CGI scripts, […]
A high-level programming language developed in the late 1970s and early 1980s for the United States Defense Department. Ada was designed to be a general-purpose language for everything from business applications to rocket guidance systems. One of its principal features is that it supports real-time applications. In addition, Ada incorporates modular techniques that make it […]
- Adobe Photoshop
A leading paint program from Adobe Systems, Inc. For many years, Photoshop has been the model against which other paint programs are compared. Initially, it ran only on Macintosh systems, which was a strong selling point for Macs, especially among graphic artists. Today, Photoshop runs on both Macs and Windows PCs.
- Advanced Programmable Interrupt Controller
Abbreviated as APIC, an Advanced Programmable Interrupt Controller is a PIC used to extend the number of IRQs available, has more available interrupt lines that a typical PIC and also supports distributed CPUs. APIC must be implemented on the motherboard and also supported by the operating system. APIC differs from PIC as it offers multiple […]
The name given to the user interface (UI) for Windows Vista operating system. The interface is referred to as Aero Basic, and Vista also offers a second version called Aero Glass which provides even more graphics intensive features but requires a 3D video card that supports DirectX 9, and it must have a Longhorn Display […]