Adobe has released a public alpha of it’s upcoming Apollo development software / runtime. This looks to be an incredible technology with wild possibilities. With Apollo, HTML and Flex developers (among others) can write code as they usually do, but then have it compiled into a distributable application that people can run on their computers outside of a web browser. I really expect many cross-platform applications that are generally written in Java or even REALBasic to begin showing up in this environment instead.
Go ahead. Even if you don’t develop, you can grab the runtime and try out some of the sample applications.