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16 November 2011, 16:21

Adobe revises Flex's future ... at the Apache Software Foundation

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Adobe's announcement that it's Flex SDK would be transferred to an independent open source foundation appeared to be saying that the foundation in question was the Open Spoon Foundation. The front page of the Open Spoon Foundation originally read "Adobe Announces Intention to Donate Flex SDK: Adobe and Spoon Will Work Together".

But today, Adobe added "additional questions and answers" to the blog posting in which they announced the change. It still retains the phrase "we are planning to contribute the Flex SDK to an open source foundation in the same way we contributed PhoneGap to the Apache Foundation", but in the additional questions and answers now says that it plans to propose incubating both the Flex SDK and BlazeDS remoting and messaging technology with the Apache Software Foundation (ASF). The front page of the Spoon project has also changed and now reads "Adobe Announces Intention to Donate Flex SDK to the Apache Software Foundation – Adobe and Spoon Will Work Together".

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Adobe also says that it will be donating various Spark components, the in-development MXML and ActionScript compiler Falcon (in 2012 when complete), the Falcon JS cross compiler and testing tools to the Apache Software Foundation, and will have a team of engineers to contribute to these new Apache projects. Although Flex 3 and the later have been open sourced, Adobe had maintained control of Flex's road map and the source had only been useful to developers debugging Flex applications. With the proposed incubation at the ASF, the company is giving up that control and handing it to the Flex community in which it plans to actively participate.

Adobe says it is working on the proposal and, once accepted, it will begin committing code. It expects the proposal to be posted in "the next few weeks". The additions to the blog posting do not mention the Spoon Project by name but in comments a Spoon member says they are working with Adobe to make the move to Apache and once the projects are established, Spoon developers will be contributing their changes.


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