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From Omar Gonzalez <>
Subject Re: Database support for Adobe AIR
Date Wed, 04 Apr 2012 05:21:22 GMT
On Tue, Apr 3, 2012 at 10:04 PM, Ariel Jakobovits <>wrote:

> > AIR is not part of the Apache Flex project
> I don't understand this response. Omar, perhaps you can define for me what
> is in scope for Flex and what isn't. From Adobe's flex homepage:
> "Flex is a powerful, open source application framework that allows you to
> easily build mobile applications for iOS, Android™, and BlackBerry® Tablet
> OS devices, as well as traditional applications for browser and desktop
> using the same programming model, tool, and codebase.
> Server integration
> Integrate with all major back ends including Java™, Spring, Hibernate,
> PHP, Ruby, .NET, Adobe ColdFusion®, and SAP using industry standards such
> as REST, SOAP, JSON, JMS, and AMF."
> Why would a set of components, visual or not, that allow one to connect to
> a database natively not be complementary to an open source application
> framework that allows you to easily build applications?
> Ariel Jakobovits
> Email:
> Phone: 650-690-2213
> Fax: 650-641-0031
> Cell: 650-823-8699

This was written at a time when the distinction between Flex and AIR was
not as important to Adobe because they were actively developing both
platforms. However, AIR was not donated to Apache and the original question
by Manik was about the AIR Roadmap. Since AIR has not been donated we do
not have an AIR roadmap, nor can we add functionality directly to AIR
because it is not under our control.

To be honest it doesn't really matter to me what Adobe has on their
homepages about Adobe Flex at this point because it is now Apache Flex and
it is up to us to determine what we will and will not include in the
framework. I was just making it clear that we do not have the ability to
add to AIR directly.

It has been brought up a couple of times whether we should, or should not,
add ANEs to the project for use in Flex applications deployed on the AIR
runtime. I don't think there was a consensus reached either way. Manik
mentioned his solution involved Java and a socket, which leads me to
believe his solution would require an ANE. So this leads back to the
discussion on whether we should be developing ANEs for the Flex framework,

Omar Gonzalez

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