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From Bruce Lane <>
Subject Re: Adobe might think of open-sourcing the Design View if there is sufficient interest
Date Wed, 22 Feb 2012 10:14:11 GMT
Right, Design View is very important to learn the Flex components behaviours.
Bruce Lane

On 22 February 2012 11:11, Avinash Narayanan <> wrote:
> I completely agree. I personally loved the design view alot especially when
> I first started out since I had no idea what flex was all about. Its also
> brilliant for understanding the various containers, components etc from a
> learning perspective. definitely a +1 from my side.
> Thanks
> Avinash Y
> On Wed, Feb 22, 2012 at 3:33 PM, Dimitri k. <> wrote:
>> After the discussion on the ML about the Design View, I thought it would
>> be a good idea to ask Deepa at the Flex Paris meeting if Adobe could
>> consider to open-source it after the removal from next version of Flash
>> Builder.
>> Frédéric Thomas, also on the ML, was quicker than me and ask Deepa about
>> that.
>> She said that Adobe hasn't thought about it because they didn't believe we
>> were interested, but she was thinking it could be a good idea.
>> In fact, the Design View is a Flex app, so the community can easily
>> contribute to it, and legal scrubbing should not be such a drag.
>> She concluded that the best thing to make it happen would be to show
>> interrest for the open-sourcing of DV on this list.
>> I know that lots of people don't care about the Design View (I rarely use
>> it myself), but here are 4 reasons I think it could be a good move for
>> Apache Flex:
>> - DV is a great tool to understand the MXML paradigm, particularly for
>> people coming for a Flash Pro background (timeline+stage), and its removal
>> would increase the barrier of entry to Flex.
>> - I heard several times about devs for which the DV is central to their
>> Flex workflow. It's often the case for heavy form-based application, where
>> standard Flex components are use exclusively and the Design View help
>> avoiding "design re-compilation".
>> In fact, I was told by an Adobe enterprise evangelist that he sold Flex to
>> some big companies mainly because of the Design View and the ease they see
>> in it to train their employees.
>> - DV can be really helpful when designing Mobile apps, because you can
>> test quickly your design with different resolutions and orientations
>> - If we have access to the Design View code, maybe we could improve it in
>> a way that even current Design View haters would use it ;)
>> Dimitri K.

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