Come in, We’re OPEN !!!

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)

[podtech content=http://media1.podtech.net/media/2007/04/PID_011045/Podtech_Adobe_Flex_Announcement_interv.flv&postURL=http://www.podtech.net/home/scobleshow/2826/breaking-news-adobe-flash-flex-goes-open-sourc&totalTime=1525000&breadcrumb=98439cdf-6f55-4eba-a454-69a11a504168]

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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3 Responses to Come in, We’re OPEN !!!

  1. Ragul says:

    What a timing of the announcement! Right 4 days before Microsoft Silverlight (http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/asp/default.aspx) live site release. Adobe knows very well that its the open source community that can help them fight the giants. Perhaps adobe also consider MS as a bigger threat than openLaszlo, so all this opening up happening at this moment. So, its some gripping, fierce competition for market out there. MS had lost out to flash before, now this time they are up to some completely different battle and battle techniques. MS do have a very not so secret weapon, just integrate their stuff with .NET and theres goes the market grabbing.

  2. raghunathrao says:

    As Ted Partick said
    “Begun the clone war has…”

  3. oliver_l1 says:

    Great news.

    Now it’s time to open source Coldfusion too!!!!

    Did you hear that adobe ?

    MFG

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