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From "David Arno" <>
Subject RE: ActionScript and Apache Flex
Date Tue, 10 Jan 2012 23:26:16 GMT
> From: Alex Harui [] 
> Sent: 10 January 2012 18:04

> MXMLC and COMPC currently leverage ASC.  I believe that Flash Authoring 
> leverages the same ASC.  Flash Authoring has no use for MXMLC 
> (at least, the MXML compilation).
I assume you mean here that the mxmlc compiler uses code also found in the
asc compiler? I didn't think asc existed as a separate executable that is
called by mxmlc. When Adobe contribute first mxmlc and then falcon to
Apache, we will - I assume - have the full code base to the complete AS3
source -> bytecode compilation process. Am I mistaken in this?

> I don't understand how the compiler can affect the language.  
The compiler turns the language into bytecode. If we have control of a
AVM-targeting compiler, then we are free to define the specification of the
language that it compiles.

> ActionScript and the VM are not being contributed to Apache.  
> It is just the language and runtime we are using right now.
So presumably if we want to extend AS3 (with user-defined generics for
example), then we'll have to rename the language to ApacheFlexScript or some
> IMHO, language evolution is not within the domain of responsibility of
this project.  
I completely disagree. We now have an excellent opportunity to enable the
community to dictate the future of the language, based on our needs, rather
than the business needs of Adobe. In fact in the future, should the
community choose to, we might even divorce the Flex from the Flash runtime,
at which point even the low level contraints of the AVM built-in classes
would be removed. Exciting times IMO. :)


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