I recently discovered something interesting trying to implement a REST API call in an AIR application.

When you load a URL request in Flex, you usually listen for complete, I/O error and security error events on the loader. However, I’ve learned that it’s important to also listen for HTTP response status events when loading a URL request in AIR.

Otherwise you might not receive a response when the result is anything other than success (200). Instead, you’ll receive an I/O error: “Error #2032: Stream Error.”

Consider the following sample code:

var loader : URLLoader = new URLLoader ();

loader.addEventListener (Event.COMPLETE, onComplete);
loader.addEventListener (IOErrorEvent.IO_ERROR, onIOError);
loader.addEventListener (SecurityErrorEvent.SECURITY_ERROR,

// AIR-only!
loader.addEventListener (HTTPStatusEvent.HTTP_RESPONSE_STATUS,

loader.load (request);

No action is required in the onHTTPStatus() method above. As long as you are listening for the event, you will always receive a response.