It’s been quite the roller coaster in the Flex world these past few months to say the least! Now seemed like a good time for an update on the latest status of things.
Adobe Flex to Apache Flex
Adobe Flex is now Apache Flex (in case you’ve been under a rock lately or perhaps just discovered Flex ;)). It’s been contributed to the Apache community and is in incubator status. Incubator status is a holding place for a new Apache project and basically a gateway to it becoming a full-fledged project after a release or two. It was great news that it was accepted recently and I have no doubt it will quickly move out of this stage into a full-fledged project. The project has an amazing amount of traction so far, and it’s awesome to see all the activity! If you want to stay on top of the latest, subscribe to the mailing list here, (note that your inbox will be flooded so you might want to use a separate email to track it, it’s a high traffic mailing list :)). There are a bunch of extremely talented, well-known developers behind this project as well, which is huge and makes all the difference, in my opinion. The Open Spoon Foundation is also actively behind this project and if you aren’t aware of it, definitely make a point of checking it out. I attended the Flex Summit in December and learned a lot about the Apache process from Roy Fielding (Apache Co-Founder), with the biggest takeaway being that Apache projects are run as a meritocracy, so there is equal opportunity amongst all and that contributions of any kind, including code, bug fixes and documentation are welcome.
The State of Things…
So the big question everyone has been asking us, should we continue to build apps with Flex? I think the general consensus to be made is yes. There’s still a viable need for this technology and with the dedication and energy of the community so far I feel very positive about things. As I’ve stated before and will continue to state, as a developer you shouldn’t put all of your eggs in any one basket, and should be learning the latest technologies along with continuing your Flex development to ensure your relevance and development diversity, but Flex remains an excellent choice for the right type of application.
Here are some related links you should check out that I found very useful as a meter for what other great developers are thinking and doing:
One big topic on the mailing list right now centers around a new logo for Apache Flex. The community held a contest (over 50 entries submitted!) and the submissions can be found here. The contest ended yesterday and now the voting process has begun. To vote you will need to start by subscribing to the mailing list. Once subscribed you can cast your votes with a point system defined in the mailing list. There are also some excellent summaries of what’s going on with the project being posted to this blog by Michael Schmalle (a current contributor). I would definitely make a point to skim those summaries to get a quick read on the status of things since it can be hard to keep up with the mailing list.
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