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From Alex Harui <aha...@adobe.com>
Subject Re: Adobe might think of open-sourcing the Design View if there is sufficient interest
Date Fri, 24 Feb 2012 01:31:05 GMT

On 2/23/12 4:09 PM, "Scott Delamater" <scott.delamater@gmail.com> wrote:

>> I challenge all readers here
>> Tell me a single feature that Flex needs more than a good designing and
>> prototyping tool.
> ...
> Personally I'd prioritize and contribute to any of those long before I'd
> devote time to a WYSIWYG tool.
The great thing about Apache Flex is that we don't really have to agree on
prioritization.  If you have time to work on something, you do it.

DesignView is a bunch of stuff (Java, SWF, player).  Again, because of the
overhead of donation, I wouldn't hold my breath because I think those
engineers are busy on some tight schedules as well.

We can look into donating it (and other plugins), but I still think
DesignView needs a serious upgrade as it is currently high maintenance.  It
is tied to an SDK version and therefore needs upgrading with each release
(and we're going to release way more often at Apache) and doesn't support
components from different versions.

There might be some useful stuff to re-use from what would get donated, but
the key piece is probably just how to get the SWF to play within Eclipse.
The other key pieces (how to show properties to edit, for example) deserve a

Alex Harui
Flex SDK Team
Adobe Systems, Inc.

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