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From Nick Collins <ndcoll...@gmail.com>
Subject Flex Portal considerations
Date Wed, 25 Jan 2012 16:14:52 GMT
I know the whole concept of scratch your own itch is a core concept of
Apache, but this is a topic that I believe need a lot of input from the
community at large, particularly those doing enterprise development.

I have spent a large part of the past 4 years doing Flex development
specifically to work within a portal environment, and there are some
definite challenges surrounding working within that environment.

One of the major issues is that of persisting the state of the Flex
application. In a portal environment, one of the core concepts is the idea
of being able to bounce around between pages and having your portlets hold
their state so that when you go back to them, you can pick up right where
you left off. With a large Flex application, this is nay to impossible.
Sure there are all kinds of tricks you can do with LSO's, deep-linking,
etc. to simulate it, but I would like to see some of the more enterprise
focused functionality like this be brought into the framework, or at least
taken into consideration so that it is not quite so cumbersome.
Unfortunately, I also realize that in order to accomplish this in the most
elegant manner, we would likely need changes to the runtime itself. :-(

Nick Collins

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