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From Keith Sutton <>
Subject [ROADMAP] Apache Flex Steering Survey
Date Wed, 01 Aug 2012 23:03:34 GMT

Some of you may have seen tweets and emails concerning a Apache Flex 
Steering Survey which currently has more than 375 respondents since July 

With the successful release of Apache Flex 4.8.0-incubating (previously 
announced below) it is timely to have a discussion/consensus around the 
priorities going forward. Below is a link to a survey that will help 
guide discussions on objectives, priorities, features and functions 
(roadmap) that can guide effort over the next 6-12 months. This survey 
is 8 questions and should take less than 5 minutes to complete. Your 
input is extremely important to the project - thank you for your time. 
The survey will be open until Aug 21st.

More background:

The Apache Flex Steering Survey is being organized and executed by 
members of the 'Open Spoon Foundation' ( and affiliates in 
support of the Apache Flex Project. The Foundation (not-for-profit 
foundation) setup by the Adobe community in 2011 to capture the 
collective experience of those individuals implementing solutions on the 
Flex framework and to apply that knowledge in a constructive manner 
through defect patching, feature contribution and addressing aspects of 
the framework that limit extensibility. Spoon's has a membership of 
several hundred and growing (a number of who are Apache Flex committers 
and PMC members). The survey is part of an effort to bring the community 
together, plan and organize ourselves to move forward from the recent 
4.8.0-incubating release. The next 6 months will be an important stage 
for Apache Flex during which Adobe's code/effort donations will be 
finalized and the first true 'new' release will be undertaken. It is 
also a critical time in the market to begin rebuilding interest and 
commitment in the technology. The chances of success at this environment 
will be greatly improved by a coordinated community effort towards the 
right objectives, which is what the steering survey is going to 
contribute towards. The survey is live right now & will remain open 
until August 21st, the data is meant to be used by Spoon and the Apache 
Flex project. No commercial or personal information will be shared 
publically, only aggregated results for the purpose of defining 
objectives, features and functions as part of the roadmap 
planning/organizing discussion.

On 7/25/2012 12:25 PM, Keith Sutton wrote:
> With the successful release of 4.8.0-incubating it would be timely to 
> have a discussion/consensus around the priorities going forward.
> A couple of fundamental factors should be considered in this discussion:
>     1) Adobe resources are not indefinite and from statements made
>     early in the year it is possible they may no longer be available
>     within 6+/- months (plan for the worst case). Once these resources
>     are gone it will be significantly harder to access/transition code
>     assets;
>     2) Successful open source projects/communities are commercially
>     viable, as much as open source is about cool technologies and code
>     it is also about having the resources to do what they want for as
>     long as they want;
>     3) Within the Fortune 1000 companies which has the greater
>     installed base and therefore need for support/transition - Flex 3;
>     4) This is not a typical open source project that grows over time,
>     this is a commercially viable product with a significant customer
>     base and ecosystem, Apache Flex does not have the luxury of time
>     as organizations wrestle with the decisions in the 6-12 months
>     over Flex versus HTML5/JS/CSS (hope is not a roadmap).
> After gleaning through emails and blog posts the following is a list 
> of potential things-to-do-next (please identify anything needing 
> addition/deletion). When considering what is a priority, ask yourself 
> 'is this essential to Apache Flex success beyond the next 6-12 months':
>     1) 4.6 ViewStack
>     2) 4.6 Accordion
>     3) 4.6 DateField
>     4) 4.6 DataChooser
>     5) 4.6 Enhanced DataGrid
>     6) 4.6 missing automation libraries
>     7) 4.6 missing fabridge
>     8) 4.6 missing flash-integration
>     9) 4.6 missing samples
>     10) 4.6 missing embedded font support
>     11) 3.x Flex SDK
>     12) Flex compiler source code
>     13) BlazeDS/BlazeDS.NET
>     14) TLF
>     15) Gravity
>     16) FXG
>     17) Squiggles
>     18) OSMF
> Notes:
> Falcon and Falcon JS are not on the list until Q4 2012 and beyond
> Adobe "Not be contributing the AIR for Linux SDK, LCDS, or LCCS to Apache"
> Adobe "will ensure that the Adobe Flex SDK 4.6 and prior will be 
> supported in future versions of Flash Player and AIR
> Adobe "plans to maintain support for Flex projects in updates to Flash 
> Builder 4.x"

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