Tom Sugden: Coming Soon: Cairngorm 3

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September 13, 2009

Coming Soon: Cairngorm 3

Cairngorm is about to undergo a transformation that will broaden its scope and increase its value to clients and partners. Instead of centering around a specific implementation of the Model-View-Controller pattern, Cairngorm 3 will consist of a set of best practices, tools and libraries, many of which apply across frameworks. This is the knowledge gathered by the Adobe Technical Services organization and partners over the last five or six years, condensed and presented to help others to deliver successful Flex projects in the enterprise.

For those familiar with the Cairngorm 1 & 2 micro-architecture, the traditional Cairngorm library remains a part of Cairngorm 3. Our best practices for applying the Cairngorm library will be shared, together with information about tried-and-tested extensions. And like before, Cairngorm 3 will recommend a layered architecture that separates concerns and supports test-driven development, but this time the approach has been refined and most parts of it complement multiple frameworks.

So what is Cairngorm now if it isn’t just a framework? Well it’s a foundation for delivering successful Flex projects. It’s the answer to the question, “What are the best practices for Flex in the enterprise?”, to help set new teams off on the right track. It’s the information that can’t always be found in official documentation or framework manuals. It's going to be accessible, informative and open-source. And it’s coming soon...

Posted by tsugden at September 13, 2009 8:57 PM


Good to hear that something (good) is happening with Cairngorm. It would be great if you could put some insights about all the new features/enhancements and some timeline like when it will be available to the community.


Posted by: Manu Dhanda at September 16, 2009 6:49 AM

omg. I'm excited. when cairngorm will be released? can't wait to use this framework update.

Posted by: flashscope components at September 29, 2009 8:55 PM

We'll start publishing Cairngorm 3 publicly at MAX next week. This will include some architectural guidelines, best practices and beta libraries. Over the coming months, more content will be added and the libraries will be refined. In general, we'll be sharing more content, more often, with the community.

Posted by: Tom at September 29, 2009 8:59 PM

Awesome, looking forward to it. I am glad to see Cairngorm moving forward.


Posted by: LordAlex Leon at October 20, 2009 9:05 PM


We've started to look at Cairngorm3 and we are liking it so far.

However, we were wondering where we could ask questions and give feedbacks. I posted a message on the CG forum few days ago about that but haven't got any answer at the moment.

What do you suggest?


Posted by: Florian at October 21, 2009 12:05 PM

Hello Tom,

When can we expect stable version of CG 3?



Posted by: SAM at December 22, 2009 6:36 AM

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