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Subject svn commit: r1411335 - /incubator/flex/site/trunk/content/flex/news.mdtext
Date Mon, 19 Nov 2012 18:01:27 GMT
Author: quetwo
Date: Mon Nov 19 18:01:26 2012
New Revision: 1411335

updated news section on Apache Flex Incubator site.


Modified: incubator/flex/site/trunk/content/flex/news.mdtext
--- incubator/flex/site/trunk/content/flex/news.mdtext (original)
+++ incubator/flex/site/trunk/content/flex/news.mdtext Mon Nov 19 18:01:26 2012
@@ -16,6 +16,56 @@ Notice:    Licensed to the Apache Softwa
            specific language governing permissions and limitations
            under the License.
+###*October 2012:*
+####Apache Highlights:
+ - Lots of bug fixes are being committed. 40 bugs were submitted by the community, and 25
were fixed by both the community and Apache Flex committers. Most of the other tasks are longer-term
“issues” that will take some time.
+ - Continuing work on the new compiler. Expect to see more shortly as everybody gets their
heads around the new Falcon compiler.
+ - LOTS of additional tests have been written for Mustella, our testing suite. To run a full
test suite it takes HOURS. More tests are coming all the time to help us make sure we don’t
break your existing apps as we move the platform forward.
+ - The Apache Flex SDK installer was approved. This allows you to have a one-click (plus
a few other clicks to accept the license agreements) install of the current SDK, in a format
that you can use with your favorite IDE (including Adobe Flash Builder and JetBrain’s
IntelliJ). More about that below.
+ - The Apache Flex 4.9.0 SDK is in the works and progressing nicely. You can check out the
“in development” version at
+####Community Highlights:
+ - Apache Flex, in addition to many other topics were talked about at 360|MIN in Las Vegas.
A few of our committers attended. You can grab the videos from this conference (along with
other 360 Conference videos) at
+ - Justin Mclean and Bertrand Delacretaz made the long trip to Europe to represent Apache
Flex at ApacheCon Europe. Justin did a great presentation on what Apache Flex is, and where
it fits into the Apache model.
+###*September 2012:*
+####Apache Flex Work: & Adobe Notes:
+ - Falcon – Adobe made some important code and trademark donations. For example, the
Falcon source was donated and Gordon Smith is helping move the work on it forward. Gordon
would love to have more help working on Falcon if you have the time and talent to contribute.
+ - Mustella – The Flex SDK testing suite was also donated this month. Peter Ent has
been asking for volunteers to help run and fix broken tests so that others can more confidently
write patches to the SDK that can be tested. The progress on fixing and implementing Mustella
is listed here:
+ - Adobe also completed the trademark donation this month.
+ - Flex SDK Installer – Important work was done this month on an AIR application: InstallApacheFlex.
This release allows a Mac or Windows user to setup and configure their environment to work
with the Apache Flex SDK for those who want to build the language locally. The application
is hosted here: OmPrakash
Muppirala and Erik de Bruin worked like mules to get this tool ready for the rest of the volunteers
in the project who need to setup and install the Apache Flex SDK to perform their work.
+ - For developers who like Flash Builder will be happy to learn that the beta version (4.7)
with Apache Flex support has been released and is hosted for free download here:
Adobe is looking for developer feedback and bug identification & bug fixing prior to putting
the product into production.
+####Marketing Notes:
+ - An Apache Flex branding presentation is hosted here:
+ - The Apache Flex website codebase on GITHub is being held temporarily here:
+ - Currently, the Flex project is looking for a volunteer with the talent and time to implement
the website and administer it. Please post to the Flex-dev mailing list or leave a comment
on the Spoon website if you have the background and knowledge to do this work for the project.
+ - It has been proposed that the convenience binaries which Flex Users need to write Flex
applications be distributed on the Spoon website and also on the Apache Flex Website as soon
as a volunteer web developer can be identified to perform this work.
+ - An Apache Flex project committer – Justin McLean – was accepted as a presenter
at Apachecon EU this year in Rhein- Neckar- Arena, Sinsheim, Germany. The conference is scheduled
on 5–8 November 2012. Justin is a terrific presenter and will likely generate some interest
in volunteering and also in starting new projects built with Apache Flex.
+####Community Notes:
+ - During Q3 of 2012, Spoon surveyed the Flex community asking several questions prioritizing
development work that was proposed. The results were tabulated and published in past Revue
newsletters. Additionally, Spoon has created and published a directory of service providers
for Flex. This list is here: No provider
validation or qualification was done to this directory prior to the publication date. Please
add a comment to the discussion below if you have an endorsement or feedback to offer on a
supplier on the list.
+###*August 2012:*
+####Apache Flex Work:
+ - Many additional tests and documentation have been contributed to the project.  Check out
all the great Mustella documentation that has been posted on the project’s Wiki :
+ - FlexUnit is nearly ready for donation.  Thanks to Mike Labriola for working on this awesome
testing suite!
+ - The Apache Flex Installer is currently in its second release candidate.  This will make
using the SDK much, much easier for users of Flash Builder, IntelliJ and many other IDEs.
+ - Gordon Smith and Erik de Bruin have been added as new contributors to the Apache Flex
project.  Please welcome them!
+ - There has been a lot of talk about switching to Git instead of using SVN.  This is still
ongoing, and waiting for some server-side expertise from the Apache folks.
+ - There have been a large number of JIRA tickets opened!  This is great!  If you have the
time or energy, submit a patch.  This will help the team along, and will help us all by creating
a better project.
+####Adobe Notes:
+ - Falcon, Adobe’s new compiler has been donated, and added to our SVN. This is a huge
step forward and will give us a next generation compiler. This compiler is not quite ready
for prime-time, but is a huge move foward.
+ - Adobe is continuing to donate additional tests as they get their legal clearing.
+####Community Notes:
+ - In the United States? Make sure to check out 360 Conference’s “360|Min”
conference.  A lot of the contributors and Spoon members will be in attendance.
+ - In Europe?  Check out ApacheCon Europe 2012 in Sinsheim, Germany.
 ###*July 2012:*
 ####Apache Flex Work:

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