To convert the Spotify DJ from a little fun personal hack to something real it was clear that I needed some "consumer grade" way to install the DJing client on the machines of would be DJs.
No matter which route you go you end up compiling a one file deliverable that installs as a real desktop application on the system.
I have had no exposure to Adobe AIR prior to today - but armed with online tutorials I started out at around 6 PM and at around 11 PM I was done - with time for UI tweaking and a little webserver work required to make the app work.
Adobe AIR quite simply brings web speed to the desktop. And its a pleasure to work with too. The runtime is a browser, so everything just works. I like JQuery - and of course I can just plug that in.
I haven't done things "properly" - haven't signed properly, haven't used the upgrading framework and so on, but the fact that I can make a useful UI that interacts with the file system and a web server in 4-5 hours is astounding. And it deploys as a 65k file.