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From Alex Harui <aha...@adobe.com>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] taking Apache Flex to the next level
Date Fri, 04 Jan 2013 20:02:59 GMT



On 1/4/13 9:37 AM, "Michael Schmalle" <apache@teotigraphix.com> wrote:

>> Anything we say about the future right now is likely to be met with
>> suspicion anyway.  I think this is a critical year for Flex.  We have to
>> build a track record of releases that show that we are making progress.
> 
> And here in sits the outside view. Since anything that is in
> whiteboards or not included with releases in the next years will fall
> on deaf ears... Unless the blog is updated regularly, the website has
> layman terms explanations of current projects (maybe more conducive to
> actually clicking links and "discovering what we are about"), right
> now it looks like a developers site, not a users site. Why would a
> user venture past the "download" link if it resembles a "how to build
> the sdk or checkout code.
True, but would be far better to show examples/tutorials instead of just
words.  I haven't tried to update the site, but it seems like there is no
easy way to put up webservices that Flex examples typically use.  This is
another thing either Spoon needs to do or I need to do with my own
"company".
> 
> I'm not a web designer nor have the time for it but that is a HUGE
> weak link right there and the blog. Plus it's all free advertising
> that we are not totally taking advantage of.
> 
Sure, a better site would help, but IMO, a site is helpful when people are
looking for something, and a blog additionally helps those who have already
found you.  That's all good, but nothing like going viral.  So far, we have
not released anything so new or important that it will create the kind of
buzz that is loud enough to make folks start looking for us especially in
the face of the headwinds from the past year.  If the JS stuff actually
becomes something, then that has the chance of being that thing that is
buzz-worthy. 

I'd love to know what else we could do that would make that kind of noise.
The Maven stuff maybe?  I'm not sure a better DataGrid would do it.

-- 
Alex Harui
Flex SDK Team
Adobe Systems, Inc.
http://blogs.adobe.com/aharui


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