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Re: [laflex] Big changes in Flash/Flex/AIR land.

From: Aaron P.
Sent on: Saturday, November 12, 2011 1:49 PM
Tom,

Not that I don't agree with a lot of you points and I understand your frustration and your reasoning for disbanding the group. That said, would it not be in the best interest to everyone if we had one final meeting, where we could talk road map for Flex in an open source capacity?  Spoon is ran by some of the smartest most driven people I know. Most of which did not sleep two nights ago once they also heard the news and scrambled to get as much information out of adobe as possible so they could share it with us and help explain to us the road map of Spoon. They are planning to maintain a 3.x, 4.x and a 5.0 release.  I know it's not all about those driven folks at Spoon that the life of Flex depends on.  Adobe and the Flash Runtime is also a big part, and their roadmap is foggy at best. 

I do feel, Flex is going to have at least another 2 or so years where it is a viable option for projects. Which is good, that give all of us time to reassure our existing client, their investment is safe in the short to medium term.  And it gives us developers time to take on new projects in new technologies (and some even in Flex that might be short-term life span projects).  I have three ipad/android apps that I am planning with an existing client and I will still be suggesting Flex. Main reason, it's the best solution for their requirements and budget.

Also I think a meeting would be good so we can spend some time talking over what are alternatives like you laid out. If you have done some research, I think everyone would love to hear it from you.

Just my 2 cents.  And yes, even though I'm only a year old in the group, the meetings I did attend were great, thank you for your efforts and time!

Thanks,
~ Aaron

PS. I have heard Adobe will be holding an ACP and UGM meeting in the near future to discuss the community efforts going forward. I would love to hear from you on what comes out of that meeting. Maybe postpone the closure of the group until we hear more from the our fearful leaders.

On Sat, Nov 12, 2011 at 1:25 PM, george girton <[address removed]> wrote:
Tom, thanks for all the fun & very clear presentations over the years. I sure do wish I could disagree with you, but 
I think your conclusions are correct. See you soon I hope! George

Sent from the near future

On Nov 12, 2011, at 11:20 AM, Tom Bray <[address removed]> wrote:

Hello everyone,

You've probably all heard that Adobe is ending their commitment to Flash Player in mobile browsers. Even worse, they're ending their commitment to Flex and dumping it off as an open-source project. Details here:

"In the long-term, we believe HTML5 will be the best technology for enterprise application development."
http://blogs.adobe.com/flex/2011/11/your-questions-about-flex.html

If you're interested in the open-source project, go here: www.spoon.as

Unfortunately, I believe that new opportunities for Flex development will vanish, so their's not much point in an open source Flex project.  I don't think AIR is a viable strategy long term either.

Personally, I'm going to be looking at Sencha extjs and Sencha Touch (www.sencha.com), PhoneGap, and native Android development.

I'm going to shutdown L.A. Flex in the coming weeks. You can follow me on twitter @tombray if you'd like to hear my thoughts on what non-Flex technologies suck the least ;)

Cheers,

Tom






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