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From "Kessler CTR Mark J" <mark.kessler....@usmc.mil>
Subject RE: Flex 5 in haxe
Date Mon, 19 Nov 2012 12:32:13 GMT
I know I'm late in this thread, but wanted to throw out a few more points.

   Here where I work, we develop new web based flex apps and maintain/update old ones.  They
have become key parts of some existing processes.  The reason why Flex/AS was easier to develop
for RIA's was its how complete the environment was (yes it does have a few issues).  But more
importantly, all the client machines always have the latest flash version installed.  So we
never have to worry about going through an arduous process of getting a new application /
update through a multi-month test phase which also costs money.  It's leveraging what's already


-----Original Message-----
From: omuppi1@gmail.com [mailto:omuppi1@gmail.com] On Behalf Of Om
Sent: Friday, November 16, 2012 17:24
To: flex-dev@incubator.apache.org
Subject: Re: Flex 5 in haxe

On Fri, Nov 16, 2012 at 2:09 PM, Gordon Smith <gosmith@adobe.com> wrote:

> I think that developers can continue to build good apps with AS3 and V11,
> but I'm assuming -- perhaps wrongly -- that the demand for them is going to
> decrease because companies see that Adobe is no longer investing many
> resources in them. Hasn't demand already fallen off over the last year? Are
> developers on this list still able to earn a living building new Flex apps,
> or are you maintaining old ones?

Where I work, I am building new Flex apps targetting web and mobile
platforms.  There are other teams here that are either maintaining or
building brand new Flex apps.  There was some talk about HTML5/JS till a
few months after the Adobe announcement, but that was settled very quickly
because no other technology comes close to Flex in terms of richness,
maintainability and ease of use.

Two points to note:
1.  More and more teams/developers are getting burnt by the promise of
2.  Flex is still a very powerful brand.  It has taken some beating but is
still standing strong.

Lets not conflate the term "mature, tried and tested" with the term "old
and aging"


> - Gordon
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Fréderic Cox [mailto:coxfrederic@gmail.com]
> Sent: Friday, November 16, 2012 2:01 PM
> To: flex-dev@incubator.apache.org
> Subject: Re: Flex 5 in haxe
> I understand what you mean here but isn't that always going to be the
> case. AS4 will go into maintenance mode, then AS5 etc.. What I don't
> understand is why AS3 is not good enough for a Flex 5 version or even Flex
> 6 which will export to multiple targets. Can you elaborate on that?
> Output should be a invisible layer (JS, iOS, Android, SWF, .. Shouldn't
> matter for the developer). I think most developers like Flex because of the
> ease-of-use(binding,mxml), rapid development(OOP, components, ..) and
> multiplatform (mobile, desktop, ..) and I don't see the need for AS4 there҆
> but I'm not export on the subject (just eager to learn more about
> it)
> On 16/11/12 22:48, "Gordon Smith" <gosmith@adobe.com> wrote:
> >The continued support is that AS3 and V11 and AIR-for-V11 aren't going
> >away. But I think the idea is that they go into maintenance mode.
> >They're not the technology of the future. Do you want to develop for an
> >old, aging platform?
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