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From Tink <>
Subject Re: Haxe and Flex
Date Tue, 13 Mar 2012 13:32:25 GMT
Hi James

Hope all is well mate.

Try searching the archives as this has been discussed previously on the list and Nicholas
took part in the discussion.


James Cowan <> wrote:

>MXML/AS3/Flex are conceptually identical to XAML/C#/WPF. They borrow a 
>lot of ideas from previous XML UI technologies.
>MXML/haXe/Flex does sound quite viable.
>The issue is that both Silverlight and Flash are dieing and haXe 
>represents a future for Flex because it is clever cross compiler
>technology that targets lots of platforms - native o/s including mobile 
>via nme/cpp, vm via neko, browser via js and swf and in time java/c#.
>The problem with haXe is that a language/compiler is only a part of a 
>development environment - libraries/frameworks for persistence and GUI
>are as important. If I could develop in haXe and use a haXe enabled Flex 
>as my GUI framework and a haXe enabled ORM (on the lines of
>JPA/Hibernate) as my persistence framework and then could target 
>desktop/javascript/swf/mobile from the same code base, that would be 
>It may be a pipe dream if every library has to be rewritten at the 
>source level and I can understand anyone baulking at that. I will ask 
>if there might be a way of interfacing Flex or say Hibernate (when the 
>java target is ready) without rewrite at source level. I imagine he will
>point at the migration tools and say that once the migration from AS3 to 
>haXe is done, one would dump the AS3 code.
>I live in the town where "Flash on the Beach" had its last year - there 
>was a big local Flash community but now it has moved on to Javascript 
>(with canvas)
>and to mobile and they are much more interested in 
>HaXe/Corona/Titanium/Marmalade than Flex/Air mobile.
>Java/Swing failed on the desktop and the browser (applets) mainly 
>because of runtime issues (and competition from Microsoft/Apple) and I 
>would be sorry to see Flex die because the runtime (Flash) died under it.
>I would certainly see a future for Flex on Flash/Air technology if Adobe 
>donated the defunct Air for Linux to Apache and Apple issued a statement 
>embracing it
>on OSX but I do not see this happening soon.
>On 12/03/2012 20:10, Martin Heidegger wrote:
>> To be honest: if I would have to write a framework for haXe I would 
>> focus it on other things than I do in AS3.
>> AS3 is not a perfect language (by a long shot) but in Flex MXML is a 
>> key concept and it does take some time to implement a hxml of
>> the same logic, same goes for quite a few other aspects (that now 
>> "just work"). I am not opposed to that but like I said before:
>> I wouldn't call that Flex because it most likely will not resemble 
>> Flex a lot.
>> yours
>> Martin.
>> On 13/03/2012 04:56, James Cowan wrote:
>>> haXe's ability to compiled to many targets (native cpp, java/c#, 
>>> javascript, as3/swf and neko vm) does make it very attractive
>>> and it is open source.
>>> I noticed that ASwing (the port of Java Swing to AS3) is making the 
>>> plunge and moving to haXe to take advantage of the cpp
>>> target:
>>> I did not get a sense from looking at the thread that there was much 
>>> enthusiasm for moving from AS3 to haXe and not porting
>>> to haXe would mean 2 code bases which does not sound ideal.
>>> James
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