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From Charles Monteiro <>
Subject Re: Can Adobe kill Apache Flex
Date Tue, 21 Feb 2012 20:48:25 GMT
got it, and Tamarin interesting prospect, I think I have the sense of what
I need, thanks

On Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 3:49 PM, Michael A. Labriola <> wrote:

> >thanks for the input, let me put it another way. Adobe can change the
> runtime anytime they want. They have not made the runtime code accessible
> to the Apache >Flex project. Its within the realm of possibility that they
> can change something in the runtime that breaks for example current Flex
> >4.6 apps. Since you don't have the runtime code accessible how will you
> go about fixing the issue.
> So, yes, they could decide that when the runtime starts up that it will no
> longer run any code. That is their choice as they own the runtime. Doing so
> though is not in their or anyone else's best interest and doesn't make much
> sense. Doing so would not only break all Flex projects currently deployed
> in the world but also likely all content created in Flash or ActionScript
> projects. It is worth noting that Adobe said they would test future version
> of the Flash Player and AIR against Flex 4.6. That does give us a baseline
> I think the best predictor of future behavior is the past. Flash has
> always strived to be backward compatible with code written long ago. When
> major changes were made to the Flash runtime, they actually create a whole
> new virtual machine so that the original code would continue to work
> forever more. If I had to guess, that's what we will eventually see here.
> My 2 cents. Personally that isn't what keeps me up at night, it's a losing
> proposition for Adobe to make such a change.
> More scary is the prospect of Apple and Microsoft changing licensing to
> disallow things like AIR and Flash Player. This is not in any way likely.
> Apple tried it. It didn't go well, just saying this would be more of a fear
> than the other items.
> >And I have not played with Java for a while. I know there's an open JDK .
> >Isnt' the Java runtime open sourced as well ?
> The Java runtime is under an open source license, but it is controlled in
> a proprietary fashion... much the way Flex was previously. It is useful to
> know that the format for SWF is also available and open. Further, the core
> virtual machine for the Flash Player is available as part of the tamarin
> project under Mozilla, so, much like an open JDK, it is possible to write
> our own Flash Player.... please know this is not a suggestion.
> Mike

Charles A. Monteiro
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