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From Alex Harui <aha...@adobe.com>
Subject Re: Wish list for Apache Flex
Date Mon, 09 Jan 2012 20:33:38 GMT

On 1/9/12 12:15 PM, "Doug McCune" <doug@dougmccune.com> wrote:

> Alex, does the Apache style of individual user contributions lend itself
> better to flushing this out? This is clearly something you've been working
> on at Adobe, but does the fact that Flex is now an Apache project and you
> are acting as an individual contributor and not as an official Adobe person
> matter in terms of reducing the friction of you sharing this kind of code?
> i.e. Would you have held back longer from pushing this code out publicly
> prior to the move to Apache?

I'm still trying to understand whether I am acting as an individual or as an
employee of Adobe.  I think it is actually the latter.  Adobe still owns the
work I do and it has to pass legal clearance.

I believe that the key difference working with Apache is that I don't have
to convince managers and product managers and business folks before checking
in code to Apache (but I still have to convince Legal).  We didn't have
resources to allow critical folks like me to spend too much time exploring
ideas.  There were always deadlines to meet to make our paying customers

In Apache, I have to make sure I contribute enough shorter-term stuff to
make the project successful so Apache Flex continues to have customers, but
we will hopefully have tons of folks contributing their own short-term stuff
as well so I will hopefully have time to continue to massage longer-term
ideas and get folks involved in that as well.

Alex Harui
Flex SDK Team
Adobe Systems, Inc.

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