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From sébastien Paturel <sebpatu.f...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Flex 5 in haxe
Date Sat, 17 Nov 2012 15:05:54 GMT
Hi Carlos,
By the way thank you for the initiative :)
Yes i agree that theres a point about simple use cases against complex 
app use cases.
But if we must consider different solution for every target, it will be 
much more difficult to achieve and maintain, compared to a global 
solution which can fit to all use cases.
I think that Haxe is such a "all use cases" solution when AS3 + Cordova 
is not (unless someone proves the contrary).

But one thought here, maybe mad one
if we really start a re write from scratch, why not maintain two 
language versions of the new framework?
one in AS3 with Alex solution (whatever it is) for cross platform which 
has the big advantage to keep using the already existing AS3 code around 
and make the transition more easy.
And in parallel tranlate it to haxe which would be a beter solution for 
very new projects (still has to be discussed of course).
I think that:
- its doable, as AS3 and haxe are very similar, and if we port any new 
piece of code created in AS3 to haxe anytime time its checked in, it 
should not be so much work to achieve and to keep in synch.
- it gives the best of the two worlds.
I agree that its a bit a contradiction with what i complained just above :p

Le 17/11/2012 15:05, Carlos Rovira a écrit :
> Hi Sebastien,
> I have use cases where I would need something tiny to be deployed to the
> browser. We have huge products based on Flex/JEE, and our interface can do
> lots of things. But our product could be in mobile browsers integrated in
> diferent webs. We cannot do this right now without targeting HTML/JS.
> So I'd be happy to be able to develop that components and tiny developments
> for "browser-mobile" with the same client technology. So this will be make
> to reuse libraríes and all kind of things (maven, IDE knowledge, deployment
> strategies....) I only need to select a diferent output...in this case
> I'm with you that I would not plan to make any of our huge flex apps in
> HTML5, we are not mad! ;)
> 2012/11/17 sébastien Paturel <sebpatu.flex@gmail.com>
>> i was in fact talking about enterprise app.
>> it is already quite rapidly heavy perf consuming.
>> if all says that HTML5 is not ready yet for RIA and enterprise apps that
>> flex can do very well, why the hell would we try to render flex on HTML5
>> engine for native apps.
>> I was talking about 3D rendering, in a starling sens, as a background
>> rendering engine, not as application.
>> Le 17/11/2012 14:25, Nils Dupont a écrit :
>>   It really depends on which kind of application you want to deploy. I was
>>> more thinking of common "entreprise" oriented applications, e.g. a few
>>> views, with a few lists and a few forms. For 3D rendering I agree that it
>>> is not the best way to go.
>>> 2012/11/17 sébastien Paturel <sebpatu.flex@gmail.com>
>>>   Does not cordova only launch a web browser wrapped in an native app?
>>>> If so, its very bad result in terms of performances right?
>>>> in a native app environement, we can leverage from 3D rendering (the best
>>>> performances), but with cordova solution, we will use the lowest
>>>> performant
>>>> renderer available, the HTML5 renderer.
>>>> it does not sound very promising to me, but maybe i'm wrong.
>>>> Le 17/11/2012 14:14, Nils Dupont a écrit :
>>>>    Has anyone tried to make a bridge between Apache Flex and Apache
>>>> Cordova?
>>>>> I mean generating an Apache Cordova HTML5/JS application from a Flex
>>>>> Mobile
>>>>> MXML/AS3 application (at least for a subset of Flex Mobile components
>>>>> e.g.
>>>>> views & transitions, lists, input controls, native APIs access, web
>>>>> service
>>>>> access, etc.)
>>>>> Apache Cordova has the advantage to be able to target 7 different mobile
>>>>> OS
>>>>> and of course is open source.
>>>>> For the UI controls, it is possible to use different librairies (JQuery
>>>>> UI,
>>>>> Twitter Bootstrap, etc.)
>>>>> Maybe it is also an other way to consider in order to be able to deploy
>>>>> Flex Mobile applications to mobile devices without
>>>>> the use of Air runtime?
>>>>> Nils
>>>>> NB: Concerning desktop applications, Flash Player remains, in my
>>>>> opinion,
>>>>> the best way to deploy cross-browser applications.
>>>>> 2012/11/17 Maxime Cowez <maxime.cowez@gmail.com>
>>>>>      Are developers on this list still able to earn a living building
>>>>>> Flex apps, or are you maintaining old ones?
>>>>>> I was actually hired 9 months ago by my current company to set up
a new
>>>>>> Flex development branch, as they wanted a share of the market in
>>>>>> area.
>>>>>> As such I am mainly creating new "enterprise" apps for government
>>>>>> clients
>>>>>> so I can take full advantage of Spark and don't have to worry about
>>>>>> legacy
>>>>>> too much. From my experience in that short amount of time I can tell
>>>>>> you
>>>>>> this: we started by creating small(-ish), fairly risc-free projects,
>>>>>> which
>>>>>> we could deliver with very good quality and on time even though on
>>>>>> tight
>>>>>> deadline. Because of Flex's RAD (rapid application development)
>>>>>> possibilities we were able to use prototypes to discuss functionality
>>>>>> early
>>>>>> in the development process. All of which lead to very satisfied
>>>>>> customers,
>>>>>> of which some were known to be "clients from hell". Bigger orders
>>>>>> rolling in as we speak.
>>>>>> I'd like to highlight one specific approach we took in selling Flex:
>>>>>> customer wanted us specifically to use Dojo as a technology. We took
>>>>>> the
>>>>>> risk to develop a small prototype in Flex and presented it to them.
>>>>>> They
>>>>>> saw immediately that the UX was far superior to what they were used
>>>>>> And
>>>>>> we told them we could *perhaps* deliver the same with Dojo, but it
>>>>>> would
>>>>>> cost them at least twice as much (which is a true estimate - not
>>>>>> for
>>>>>> selling purposes - and we had just proven by delivering the prototype
>>>>>> in
>>>>>> no
>>>>>> time). They did not have to think very long about it...
>>>>>> We've been trying out various enterprise-level HMTL5/JS frameworks
>>>>>> the
>>>>>> truth is, none of them comes even close to what Flex can do in terms
>>>>>> stability, possibilities, performance and most importantly (for the
>>>>>> customer) development time. And yes I've included performance in
>>>>>> list:
>>>>>> none of those enterprise-level frameworks have decent performance
>>>>>> compared
>>>>>> to Flex when presenting lots of data; I'm only speaking of classic
>>>>>> web-applications here.
>>>>>> @paul There's a team not far from my desk that's making a GIS
>>>>>> application
>>>>>> with GWT: the project is a total mess and we're loosing money on
>>>>>> To sum it up: from my experience Flex as it is now still can be sold
>>>>>> markets that are not too sensitive to buzzwords.
>>>>>> On Sat, Nov 17, 2012 at 9:34 AM, Paul Hastings <
>>>>>> paul.hastings@gmail.com
>>>>>>   wrote:
>>>>>>> Are developers on this list still able to earn a living building
>>>>>>> Flex
>>>>>>>   apps, or are you maintaining old ones?
>>>>>>>>>    in our neck of the woods flex is still kind of king
for old school
>>>>>>>> GIS
>>>>>>> applications (analytical/decision support/etc.) especially w/ESRI
>>>>>>>   backends.
>>>>>>   mainly for desktops & some stripped down functionality for
>>>>>>> tablets--much
>>>>>>>   of
>>>>>>   the processing is shared between client & backends.
>>>>>>> while i'm sure there are some big/complex JS/JTML5 apps for this
>>>>>>> market
>>>>>>> somewhere, haven't actually seen any.

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