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14 November 2011, 15:16

Adobe moves Flex SDK to independent open source project

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Adobe will move its Flex SDK to the Open Spoon Foundation. The vendor said that the "Spoon Project" was created from within the Adobe community, and that it will continue to maintain and develop the SDK. Although Adobe now advocates HTML5 as the best technology for enterprise application development, it has promised to continue contributing to the development of the Flex SDK.

"We recognise we could have handled the communication better and promise to share regular updates over the coming weeks and months", said Adobe executives, adding that the Flex development roadmap will be determined once the new governing board has been established under the Spoon Project. Framework features that have already been announced will be taken over, and the forthcoming version 4.6 of the SDK will be released as scheduled (29 November 2011).

Adobe explained that the Spoon Project itself will be jointly led by some developers from the Flex SDK engineering team along with key developers from the Flex community, including members of the Open Spoon Foundation and contributors from enterprise companies currently using Flex. The organisational structure will be modelled on that of the Mozilla project, while the codebase will be maintained as individual modules (for example compiler, I18n, themes, data binding) that will each be governed by a "module owner". These module owners will cooperate closely with Adobe to define the individual modules' direction. The Spoon Project has compiled a comprehensive overview offering detailed information about the project's aims, structure and planned workflows.

Once development has been moved to the Open Spoon Foundation, Adobe said that many of the engineers and product managers who worked on the Flex SDK will be moved to Adobe's HTML platform. Adobe plans to make significant contributions to WebKit and jQuery, advance the development of PhoneGap (whose creators, Nitobi, were only recently taken over by Adobe) and create new tools that solve the challenges developers face when building applications with HTML5, Adobe product managers Andrew Shorten and Deepa Subramaniam said in a blog posting.


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