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From "Alex Harui (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (FLEX-53) Clarify usage of playerglobal.swc and airglobal.swc
Date Wed, 02 May 2012 00:36:47 GMT

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Alex Harui commented on FLEX-53:
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The Flash runtime provides a set of APIs for things like Array and String manipulation, XML
and RegExp handling, network I/O, drawing graphics, handling mouse and keyboard input, and
more.  These capabilities are part of the FlashPlayer or AIR runtimes.  Applications are typically
delivered without any code to perform the above mentioned APIs because those APIs are resolved
at launch time into entry points into the runtime (There is a capability to combine the AIR
runtime into the same deliverable as the application).

At compile time, any application that wants to use the runtimes needs to have playerglobal.swc
or airglobal.swc in the library path in order for the compiler to resolve those APIs, but
no code from those swc files are linked into the output SWF.

I am not an expert in Java, but to me, this is the equivalent of some of the files in a JDK
and the Flash or AIR runtime is similar to a JRE.

In addition to playerglobal.swc and airglobal.swc, the AIR SDK also includes additional utilities
to package applications for different target devices like Android or IOS.  These utilities
are not distributed with the application.

                
> Clarify usage of playerglobal.swc and airglobal.swc
> ---------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: FLEX-53
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/FLEX-53
>             Project: Apache Flex
>          Issue Type: Task
>          Components: Project Management
>            Reporter: Bertrand Delacretaz
>            Assignee: Carol Frampton
>
> As discussed in [1], Flex requires
> 1) playerglobal.swc to compile the majority of the Flex components
> 2) airglobal.swc to compile the Flex components targeted at AIR
> 3) many pieces of the AIR Integration kit which are need to do Flex mobile development
> We might need clarification for 3), but for now we need to find out how to use these
files while abiding by their license requirements and complying with the ASF's restrictions
on incompatible license (http://www.apache.org/legal/resolved.html).
> According to Alex in [1] those two files are covered by this license:
> http://www.adobe.com/products/eulas/pdfs/adobe_flex_software_development_kit-combined-20110916_0930.pdf
> And it seems like they're only needed at build time, so users of Flex could get them
independently.
> [1] http://markmail.org/thread/muckogic3f2zwd7o

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