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

From: Rick A.
Sent on: Saturday, November 12, 2011 5:20 PM
A sad farewell to the LA Flex meetup Group. A big bravo to those that aided in it's productions.

That flex blog by adobe is an interesting one where on August 25th it states their significant continued investment to flex...
Then the current post states an apology of not handling the communications well.
That's been the long time problem over at adobe, and I think its hit them back far to many times.

Interestingly adobe only dropped 7 points that day. That only shows how much "Flash" was riding on at adobe.

Nearly all my clients have been asking for about an year, in regards to the state of flash. As the public knows flash only as a bad name, I feel I've been constantly battling the marketeers of the apple and adobe wars. To this I feel a bit of relief. We can finally move on.

Oddly my last two projects for the holiday have been web sites with "flash" like enhancements without the use of flash. They even tout about that!
A side note, I couldn't use html5 because of min browser requirements. Another side note, The project felt more like an AS1.0 project, what a step back.

Not sure what I'll be telling another client that I've just completed the web app and about to start on mobile variants too. I guess a few more years is a good application life cycle!

I think for me going to a final meetup would be more nostalgic then anything. And yeah I'd probably go.
Perhaps the group should be renamed to the LA-pseudo-flex users group or LA-post -flex group.
Oh wait I think tom has figured it out already the What Non-Flex Technologies Suck the Least Group. 



On Nov 12, 2011, at 11:20 AM, Tom Bray 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."

If you're interested in the open-source project, go here:

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 (, 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 ;)



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