- Holly Schinsky


Flex folks, first of all, today there’s a new official statement out on the Adobe website about Adobe’s commitments to the Flash Platform including plans for Flex that you should be aware of. Secondly there’s a new post from the Product Management team out now summarizing the recent Flex Q&A. There’s been a lot of frustration in the community (which I understand and can personally relate to having been part of the community myself for a very long time) and I wish that the sequence of events (and frankly the communication) did not happen as it did, but it is what it is at this point and we need to carry on. I hope people can see this move of Flex to an Apache model with dedicated full-time engineering resources in San Francisco as the good news that it is!! Flex is alive and well and will continue to grow as the dust settles. Even now we can build amazing applications over many other technologies in half the amount of time with it in its current state. And the growth in Flex and AIR for mobile is allowing us to do some super cool and fun stuff which is about to just get better with the upcoming release of Flex 4.6 in a couple weeks!

I realize people’s trust is tarnished and people are scorned and angry, but please try to remove your emotions from the equation and look at this for what it is. Any good developer knows that technology is ever-changing and you have to ride the current wave. It’s evident that HTML 5/JavaScript is gaining ground and needs to be kept on our radar of things to be learning (whether we love it or not). It should also be considered as an option right now for certain applications where it makes more sense. As much as I am passionate about Flex myself, it can be overkill for many applications. And what better way to refine our skills in the HTML/JS arena by actually building some apps to gain the experience. As we all know though, there are still a ton of applications where it makes more sense to use Flex (enterprise and many mobile AIR apps) and fortunately we still have that option!

I know many of you are having to answer some tough questions from your clients and management about all of this, I hope today’s statements can help in that respect. If there was a way I could change how things happened myself or wave a magic do-over wand I would in a heartbeat :) . This has not been easy for any of us. I just hope we can now start channeling our frustrations into something more positive and productive and get back to having some fun!

I will continue to post any updates on the move to Apache as I find out. Start thinking about how you might be able to contribute ;) !

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Original article at http://devgirl.org/2011/11/17/flex-is-alive/.