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From Michael Montoya <michael.mont...@insightvisuals.com>
Subject [RT] Flex and alternative VM targets...
Date Wed, 09 May 2012 14:18:54 GMT
> A lot of projects have been successful programing to the JVM.

Dave,

While I know you intended this as a comparison, it does raise and
interesting possibility for a potential life-line to Flex should
development in the Flash Player cease or take a different direction from
the community's vision...

In my view, at a high level, Flex is, above all, a methodology for quickly
and effectively building apps utilizing a declarative syntax (MXML) for the
view layer and a dynamic language (ActionScript) for the event/logic layer.

If it ever came down to it, you could just as well replace ActionScript
with Java, leaving the MXML syntax virtually the same and target the JVM
(or other virtual machine yet to be developed).

As an aside, it is interesting to see Java targeting OpenGL in initiatives
like this one: http://jmonkeyengine.com .

I would love Flash (you can replace "Flash" with whatever bytecode is
compiled by Flex) to alternatively use OpenGL / DirectX  on the desktop and
something like WebGL in the browser as it's rendering engine - this would
really raise the stakes and make it a compelling target for game developers
though, for the time being, it seems like Adobe has already made 3D gaming
it's current focus for the Flash Player.

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