I love working in the Flex World. Things are never stale… Stuff happens everyday (every hour sometimes… check out RIAPedia for the exciting happenings).
Last November, Adobe created quite a buzz by open sourcing the Flash VM to Mozilla Foundation for their Tamarin Project.
Now Adobe does it again… Here’s the news
Flex SDK going Open Source… Woohoo !!
There is a press release with the announcement as well as a FAQ on the basics. Quoting the article on Adobe Labs…
Adobe is announcing plans to open source Flex under the Mozilla Public License (MPL). This includes not only the source to the ActionScript components from the Flex SDK, which have been available in source code form with the SDK since Flex 2 was released, but also includes the Java source code for the ActionScript and MXML compilers, the ActionScript debugger and the core ActionScript libraries from the SDK. The Flex SDK includes all of the components needed to create Flex applications that run in any browser – on Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux and on now on the desktop using “Apollo”.
And it doesnt stop there… Starting Summer 2007 we will put out daily builds of the Flex SDK and provide an open bugbase online. The Flex community will then have direct access to all the tools we now use internally and the community will thus have an unprecedented chance to contribute to the quality of Flex directly. This means, no more frustrations on mailing lists.
Quoting Ted Patrick… “In December of 2007 after the release of “Moxie” (aka Flex 3) we will be posting all software assets
into a public Subversion repository for public access. During this transition period we will be clarifying governance on the Flex SDK and how contributions will be handled in phases.”
See the videoCast on PodTech by David Wadhwani & Ely Greenfield (or shall i say quietlyscheming.com) on this topic (or download the video here)
This is really exciting. It opens up a chance for a viral adoption opportunity for Flex and also raises a lot of challenges for us which is what we here at Adobe thrive on. Adobe has also set up a Google Group for anyone that wants to discuss the news and project over at http://groups.google.com/group/flex-open-source. The fun has just started… stay tuned for more.
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