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From OmPrakash Muppirala <bigosma...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [Marketing] - publicity for the new Apache Flex v 4.10
Date Sat, 20 Jul 2013 21:08:46 GMT
Scott,

Thanks for jumping into this right away!  I will try my best to answer a
couple of questions:

*1.  What business problems can a business manager solve with v 4.10 that
weren't possible to solve with v 4.9.1?*
- 480 dpi mobile resolution/skin support means that Flex SDK users can now
target high resolution devices such as iOS Retina, etc.
- The new spark components ensure that SDK users can build functionalities
quickly and in a more performant way.  The need for handling these
components in two different architecture styles (mx vs. spark) will be
eliminated.
- Improved support for older Flash Player versions.  Enterprise
environments have more stringent requirement in terms of upgrading Flash
Player versions.  Now, because of our improved backwards compatibility,
those customers can safely upgrade to the latest version of the Flex SDK
without having to force a Flash Player upgrade on their end users.
- Support for latest versions of Flash Player and AIR runtimes.  At the
same time, we have made it easier for developers wanting to take advantage
of the latest advances in the Flash runtimes by letting them chose the
versions during installation.  The Apache Flex SDK Installer now allows
developers to select various combinations of the Flex SDK, Flash Player and
AIR runtimes.  All the settings and configurations are taken care of during
the installation, so the developer can just start coding!


*2.    It might also be helpful if anyone knows general demographic
information about the Apache Flex Developer ecosystem. How many people
remain active (commenting / contributing) on this Apache Flex Dev mailing
list? What countries have at least one developer who contributed to a bug
fix or code enhancement to this v 4.10? Anyone have an idea of how to
estimate the number of worldwide Flex SDK users continue using Flex to
build powerful enterprise applications?*
- We have a publicly available statistics page [1] that gives a snapshot of
the various metrics in terms of our website usage, Flex SDK downloads.
Some significant numbers: almost a half a million pageviews in the past 6
months, close to 9000 downloads of the the Flex SDK in the past 3 months
(i.e. since April), around 130K unique visitors to the website, etc.  In
addition to that, there is also a breakdown of the website visitors by
country on the stats page.
Also, here is a breakdown per committer breakdown of the contributions to
the Flex SDK.  Keep in mind that this does not show the original
contributor, but only the person who committed code into the repo.

I am hoping that others can chip in and answer your other questions as
well.

Thanks,
Om

[1] http://www.seethestats.com/site/flex.apache.org
[2] https://github.com/apache/flex-sdk/contributors

On Fri, Jul 19, 2013 at 8:36 PM, Scott Guthmann <scott@on3solutions.com>wrote:

> I would like to coordinate writing a press release to announce the arrival
> of Apache Flex 4.10, assuming it is ready for release. IMO, our project’s
> release notes [1] are very impressive. But, I’m not a developer & I do need
> some help generating the content and giving context to highlights in the
> RELEASE_NOTES that describes a difference or improvement from former
> versions.
>
> Is anyone able to tell me how each of these bug fixes, additions, and
> improvements made the new v 4.10 a better SDK for businesses to use?
>
> •       What business problems can a business manager solve with v 4.10
> that weren't possible to solve with v 4.9.1?
>
> •       Are you able to point to a company who needs the features & fixes
> that v 4.10 provides?
>
> •       Who can give a testimonial about the improvements this version
> will make for their business? Saves money? Makes money? Saves time? Makes
> the firm more competitive in the marketplace?
>
> •       Do any of the new enhancements in v 4.10 enable Flex SDK users to
> do something more easily or quickly for SDK users than those who choose
> other frameworks to develop custom software?
>
> •       Does anyone know if ecosystem partners [2] for previous versions
> of Flex plan to support Apache Flex v 4.10?
>
> •       It might also be helpful if anyone knows general demographic
> information about the Apache Flex Developer ecosystem. How many people
> remain active (commenting / contributing) on this Apache Flex Dev mailing
> list? What countries have at least one developer who contributed to a bug
> fix or code enhancement to this v 4.10? Anyone have an idea of how to
> estimate the number of worldwide Flex SDK users continue using Flex to
> build powerful enterprise applications?
>
> Here is a link to the previous press release we did earlier this year [3].
>
> [1] https://github.com/apache/flex-sdk/blob/develop/RELEASE_NOTES
> [2] http://www.spoon.as/ecosystem/
> [3]
> https://blogs.apache.org/foundation/entry/the_apache_software_foundation_announces39
>
>
>
>

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