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From Gordon Smith <gosm...@adobe.com>
Subject RE: Falcon compiler source code / Falcon architecture
Date Wed, 18 Jan 2012 18:24:25 GMT
> I guess it depends on how long we have to wait to get access to the mxmlc source

Well, you don't have to wait until it gets into Apache. It's been available for years at http://opensource.adobe.com/flex.

> I don't like the idea that we will have to wait six months for a half-working compiler,
presumably with no APIs, documentation etc. provided beforehand.

I'll try to push the idea the we make the Javadoc for Falcon available sooner.

- Gordon Smith, Adobe


-----Original Message-----
From: David Arno [mailto:david@davidarno.org] 
Sent: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 12:00 AM
To: flex-dev@incubator.apache.org
Subject: RE: Falcon compiler source code / Falcon architecture

From: Alex Harui [mailto:aharui@adobe.com]
Sent: 18 January 2012 00:08
>
> 1) Falcon is intended to serve not only as the compiler for FB, but as 
> the code-model service for FB's code intelligence.
> 2) The version of FB that integrates Falcon will not be designed to 
> use a different version of Falcon for different versions of the SDK.
> This is different than today, where FB uses the MXMLC from the SDK 
> version for your project.

> ...  That work will likely not be fully complete at the time of donation.

The more I read about Falcon, the more concerned I become about it. I don't like the idea
that we will have to wait six months for a half-working compiler, presumably with no APIs,
documentation etc provided beforehand.
There is huge risks associated with this: there is a great danger that we will lose too much
community momentum in that time and we would have to put a great deal of trust into Adobe
to deliver during a period of significant upheaval and ventures into the unknown..

Should we just ignore Falcon and instead consider a major overhaul of mxmlc, or even a completely
new compiler? I guess it depends on how long we have to wait to get access to the mxmlc source
and docs as to what the best way forward is. 

David.


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