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From Carlos Rovira <carlos.rov...@codeoscopic.com>
Subject Flex possible evolutions
Date Mon, 22 Oct 2012 09:39:57 GMT
After last days news I was digging into Starling and cover lot of
stuff to get some initial knowledge. I really love what I see. I need
to continue the research more things like StarlingMVC, feathersui, and
so on...

IMO, the ways we have ahead to choose are:

a) Refactor actual Flex framework to rely on Starling. This will
prepare Flex to the AVNNext and AS4. This seems very laborious for
what people says here, but this refactor will open the door to old
applications target the new AVMNext.

Problems: We need to know more about AVMNext and AS4, what about
localization? accesibility?... until be don't know all this things we
can't evaluate this option in its totality and see if it's worth the
investment.

b) Make a new light weight flex framework *from scratch* that will be
a dream platform to develop with OOP, a new evolutioned compiler
(Falcon) and lots of new development facilities and be prepared to
target new AVMNext and HTML5. This will have in mind composition over
inheritance, modularity, and decoupling of libraries.

We would need to target as many features of the actual flex framework
as possible:

* Components (This could rely on feathersui, if the evaluation of this
component set will be positive. I already need to see more about this
project).
* Containers
* View States and Transitions
* Binding
* Application framework with Managers (layout, system, popup,...) and
all the things to avoid us to seek for external components and scripts
that integrates all the parts.
* Styling through CSS (seems feathers have already skinning)
* Skinning
* Declarative programing through something like MXML
* Effects
* ...

We should take care that this new framework could target multiple
runtimes (Flash and HTML5). Without this...we could not expect to have
the needed traction this project requires. We could start with Flash
in the beginning, but making the needed room to hold HTML5 in the near
future.

Again the main problem here is to know more about new AVMNext and AS4
to see if this is possible (localization? accesibility? ...), but as
well we would want to know more like... there are generics? metadata
evolution? ... to take into account in the new frameworks design.

To end: This project has many possibilities and the ability to be the
platform of choice for lots of people that wants to develop serious
RIAs, but as well for people that wants to create complex games.


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