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Adobe to open source Flex

12:05 pm on Apr 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

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From: http://labs.adobe.com/wiki/index.php/Flex:Open_Source [labs.adobe.com]

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”.

Developers can use the Flex SDK to freely develop and deploy Flex applications using either Adobe Flex Builder or an IDE of their choice.

Flex [adobe.com] is Abobes (previously Macromedias) Rich Internet Application development framework.

It is being open sourced under the Mozilla Public Licence [mozilla.org]. This is an interesting move and certainly the open source space will be very positive about this.

So, what do you think? Is this a good move? Will we see more of Adobes products being open sources? OpenFlash? ;)

4:51 am on Apr 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Wow - interesting! I love what I've seen of Flex and am very interested in ramping up on it. I've been asking around about it however and it seems its been around for 3yrs now and isn't going anywhere fast. So, does the open source move amount to an admission of a product that is failing? this is what I was alrady trying to figure out - as a consultant - investing my time in these skills is only worthwhile if the technology takes off and the skill is marketable.