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Hello everyone, and welcome to the Kiwi Project blog. As our tag line says, the Kiwi Project is focused on creating read/write web components for Flex. What does this mean? 

Over the last year or so the Web 2.0 meme has grown phenomenally.  While the definition of Web 2.0 has been hotly debated, people are starting to focus on a fundamental attributeā€¦

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Everything that Tim O’Reilly posits as Web 2.0 examples is distinguished from a Web 1.0 counterpoint as being writeable. Three words: read-write web.

We couldn’t agree more.  In fact, from (the "new") Adobe’s perspective, we’ve been promoting the read/write web for years thru our Contribute product, which is both an HTML browser and a WYSIWYG HTML editor all in one application.

With the rising interest in AJAX and RIAs, it became important for us to understand how to empower our Flex environment to create read/write web applications. This means developing Flex components that understand specific Web 2.0 technologies such as RSS, blogging, tagging, and microformats. And with hints of Apollo emerging, this means understanding how to build Flex components that work both in the browser and on the desktop.

Thus the Kiwi Project was born.  The team is comprised of engineers who have been involved with the development of both Dreamweaver and Contribute, who are intimitely familiar with the challenges of read/write web applications.   The team also has experience in both desktop and web development, but like many of us at this time, is new to Flex development.  This blog will chronicle our experiences in mastering Flex and our progress in exploring and developing that set of read/write web components for Flex developers.

Our first proof-of-concept release is just around the cornerā€¦