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From Alex Harui <>
Subject Re: Apache Flex structure to be BMS compliant (was Re: Library Versions used in Flex SDK)
Date Thu, 24 May 2012 20:46:17 GMT

On 5/24/12 12:50 PM, "Carlos Rovira" <> wrote:

> I think IntelliJ will update quickly since they are
> "maven-gradle-whatever-bms-oriented".
> Flash Builder never took into account BMS, but they will update due that
> technology requeriments....or are you saying that they will abandon Flex
> development?
Adobe is improving the next release of Flash Builder to be a bit more
configurable so it can work with Apache Flex SDKs.  After that, it is a
business decision as to whether Adobe will do any further work if the Apache
Flex SDK evolves in a way that is incompatible.

If other tool vendors are more willing to make changes and therefore provide
a more compelling tool than Adobe, then we'll see folks move in that
direction, and then we'll see if Adobe chooses to compete or not.
> moreover...are you saying that we must stay with what we have now?
> so...that's what we can expect for the future of flex? stay with the same
> problems we ever had during all years? What kind of changes can we expect?
> only cosmetic changes?
We have to consider factors when proposing changes like installed base, what
our users know and expect.  But I think we can make some big changes over
> Michel, you and Alex were talking about agresive changes in the SDK...i.e:
> a completely new set of flex components and arqutecture, isn't it?
> changes like that will not obligate Adobe to update Fb in order to make it
> Apache Flex compliant?
Flash Builder is not obligated to update to handle changes to the Apache
Flex SDK.  One thing we need to do is get some momentum so that there is a
compelling market that would incite Adobe to want to update FB so it can
extract revenue from customer upgrades.  But if some other tool vendor ends
up creating a better tool and everyone starts using it and makes FB a thing
of the past, that's fine with me.

Most important to me is that we have to solve the important problems.  Maven
integration is the top vote getter at Adobe JIRA by far.  It is time to make
adjustments to Apache Flex to make Maven work, but we want to do so without
breaking everyone else's workflow.

We have been forced by legal reasons to change the package structure.
Apache Flex releases cannot look like the tree of files you get from Adobe.
And since we're doing that, it is time to consider any changes to make Maven
easier to support. But we are not asking the tool vendors to change with us.
Instead, we are providing scripts to repackage the files from the various
sources into something the tools can use.

Alex Harui
Flex SDK Team
Adobe Systems, Inc.

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