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From Daniel Harfleet <>
Subject Re: [ROADMAP] Apache Flex Steering Survey
Date Tue, 07 Aug 2012 15:52:38 GMT

Mike's statement "I am sure there are customers using it" has reminded me a thought I had
about the 'survey' which I wanted to share...

Many members on this list have probably felt an impact on their livelihood as a result of
the changes relating to Adobe's actions around Flex. My primary motivation in committing to
work in my spare time on Apache Flex would be to help ensure the longevity of Flex and hence
my livelihood (although I recognize and respect for some it may be more oriented towards hobby/interest/other).

Although the survey attempts to get to the bottom of feature priorities, I can't help feeling
that we should be including parties other than this mailing list to take part in the survey.
Although many of this list's participants including myself have an exposure to a subset of
the corporate users requirements, does anyone have any ideas how we could ( and if we should
) be trying to include the high paying end customers in our surveys ? i.e. the big corporations
that were (and in some cases are) spending money on Flex development ? Is this information
Spoon can get access to through their network?

For example only, I personally can see a big benefit to putting effort into FalconJS, but
it may be that 9 out 10 large spenders in Flex development may actually not care about HTML/JS
and are more concerned about performance increases/additional components/bug fixes, etc ?

Obviously I appreciate that some of these large spending corporations will have members monitoring
this list, but some may not as they probably relied on Adobe (and partners) sales & marketing
effort to keep them posted. 

I am not saying I like the idea of a 'roadmap', but I do like the idea of a 'picklist' of
features that paying organizations have stated an interest in. 

As much as I appreciate the effort which has been put into the survey, I can't help feeling
it is a little bit leaning towards some kind of 'progress report' on Adobe donations rather
than a focus on whats next.

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