Apache Flex

Friday Jan 27, 2012

Flex Logo Contest Update

The logo contest was a major milestone for our project. The community and PPMC members came together and voted on a logo, and were in-sync for the entire ride. The community and PPMC members both chose Adrian's (#42), via Tomasz Maciag with Fuse Collective, and Julien's (#49) design as the top choices in the first round. This was a clear sign that the community and PPMC are in-sync. This contest has shown how thriving and active this community is, and suggests it will continue to be. Not only has this contest been evidence of the cohesion of the community as a unit, but the sheer amount of topics and active community members engaging in these discussions have made this a great project to be a part of.

There a lot of awesome discussions going on, and some of those discussions are even a little bit difficult, but they are still incredibly productive. You can view the discussions on the flex-dev mailing list archives. While Adrian's design came out on top in the final round, Julien's took the number one spot with the community for the first round. A very good accomplishment, I must say. Congratulations!

The total number of submissions we received was astonishing. The contest received a total of 54 submissions. While some designers submitted multiple logo's, most of the submissions were from unique individuals.

In the first round of voting we, received a total of 129 unique votes, with 22 of those from PPMC members. The voting process was to distribute up to 5 points between at least 2 logos. In the first round, Julien's design received a total of 106.5 points, and Adrian's design received a total of 99.5 points, with third place taken by Alberto Garcia Ruiz (#40) with 65 points. The PPMC members gave 31 points to Adrian's, and 23 points to Julien's. The complete stats for the first round can be found here.

In the second round of voting, we received a total of 126 unique votes, with 21 of those from PPMC members. In this round, it was a simple +1 vote for the logo of choice. Adrian's design came out on top in the second round with a total of 77 votes, while Julien's design had 49 votes. The PPMC members also favored Adrian's design with 16 votes, while Julien's design received 5 votes from PPMC members. The complete stats for the second, and final, round of voting can be found here. You can also find this on the contest page here.

Now that the contest has wrapped up, the next step is to potentially make some small tweaks to the logo. Some discussion has been made regarding the color of the logo, and even the placement of the word "apache" in the logo. If you subscribe to the flex-dev mailing list, you can follow along as these developments unfold.

These are some exciting times for Apache Flex, and I look forward to being a part of this project. In addition, everyone involved should be proud and excited to be part of this project and its future.

Friday Jan 13, 2012

Flex settling in at The Apache Software Foundation

This is the beginning of a new era for Flex. On December 31st 2011, our project was accepted as an incubator podling at the Apache Software Foundation.

Now the real work begins. If you’ve joined the developer mailing list (or checked the archives) you will see some of the excitement about Apache Flex and discussions on how to move the technology forward. One thing we can say for sure: we have a good group of enthusiastic volunteers and no lack of ideas.

We've seen some great first contributions to the whiteboard - an area in the repository for experimental work - by several committers that could potentially make it in in a next release. Our contributors from Adobe are working with Adobe’s legal department to get the Flex SDK source code submitted to the Apache repository. We expect the initial commit of code will be made by the end of next week. Special thanks to Adobe’s Alex Harui and Carol Frampton for their hard work!

How can you get involved? If you're a Flex developer and would like to follow what is happening, you should join the developer mailing list. The mantra at Apache is "if it didn't happen on the mailing list, it didn't happen." We have a JIRA issue tracker being set up, too. This will be an excellent entry point for developers to start contributing code patches.

We're also looking for a logo for Apache Flex. If you have good design skills and would like to submit a proposal you have until January 17th.


In short, we're excited to see things getting up and running and the amount of enthusiasm shown by the community about the future of Flex at Apache!

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