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From Dirk Eismann <bort...@googlemail.com>
Subject Re: ActionScript and Apache Flex
Date Tue, 10 Jan 2012 20:16:24 GMT
The most interesting thing that happened to Java (or more specifically
to the JVM) in the last few yeras is how the community came up with
solutions on how to improve the platform from the "outside" by not
waiting for Sun or Oracle to deliver something. Examples are Groovy
and more recently Scala. These compile down to Java bytecode and run
just fine on the JVM but they leverage new features and concepts that
make it easier for developers. Similar to what haXe does for the AVM.

One could also come up with inofficial AS3 additions (new keywords,
language constructs, compile time metadata) that makes the compiler
emit code etc. - this AS3+ would of course not be compatible with
other AS3 compilers (e.g. the one found in Flash CS or the new Falcon

What I'm trying to say is that compiler and/or language tweaks may be
useful for certain use cases. And if someone secretely created
something like Scala that compiles down to ABC please add it to your
whiteboard :-)


> IMHO, language evolution is not within the domain of responsibility of this
> project.  If you are wondering what will happen if Adobe changes
> ActionScript, I assume this project will just react to it.
> Is that any different than what happens with new versions of Java and other
> Apache projects?

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