Apache Flex

Sunday Sep 15, 2013

What's new with Apache Flex (Sept 2013)

Some of the feedback that we got loud and clear at 360|Stack this last month was that it is very hard to follow the progress of Apache Flex. Our mailing lists are busy – really busy and our social media feeds tend to get drowned out by simply being social media. We will be doing semi-regular updates on this blog to keep the community up to speed as to what is happening with our project. We will be watching the comments for feedback and suggestions on these updates – but if you have any bugs you want to report please do it via the official JIRA (https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/FLEX).

RELEASES

PROJECT ACTIVITY
Activity in Apache Flex continues to be in two main areas: improvements to the existing Adobe Flash Platform-dependent code base, including the releases listed above, and prototyping ways to create a version of Flex that is independent from the Adobe Flash Platform. There is another group working on Maven-related tools for the existing code base.

Since the 4.10 release we've seen:

  • Significant web visits increase (especially for the week after the release up 100% or more)
  • More JIRA activity (more bugs raised than resolved however)
  • More activity on the users mailing list (flex-users markmail archive is broken so I can't see exact numbers)

    Other highlights:

    • Over 200 bugs were fixed in 4.10.0.
    • 4.10.0 supports Linux.
    • FlexUnit was finally committed to its repo.
    • Several users have submitted applications for a "showcase"
    • Flex CI now runs over 30,000 tests.
    • One committer overhauled the wiki to make it better organized.
    • Adobe submitted the software grant for the BlazeDS software. There are some .jar files in the donation that need to be removed and replaced and that is holding up the actual committing of the code to the repo.

      COMMUNITY

      • Cyrill Zadra promoted from committer to PMC on 6/11/13.
      • Mark Kessler promoted from committer to PMC on 8/13/13.
      • Scott Guthmann added as committer and PMC on 7/19/13. Scott's main contributions will be on the marketing side.
      • Latest analytics include over 600,000 hits on the website in the last six months.
      • Since April, the Installer has been used to install over 16,000 copies of the SDK. There were more than 5000 installs of 4.10.0 in the month since its release.
      • Several Apache Flex committers presented at 360|Stack which is the largest Flex-oriented conference in the world.
      • Flex mailing lists are now 'mirrored' on Nabble. Mailing list traffic is so high that many folks we talked to at 360|Stack have stopped reading emails. Many of our committers are unable to keep up. June and July
        almost hit 1000 emails per month each. Folks requested a "forum" interface as being friendlier than the archive or mailing list interfaces.

        Comments:

        Thanks for Apache Flex, releases, project activity and all related information. It's helpful indeed. Regards,

        Posted by H Romareo on September 20, 2013 at 02:10 PM GMT+00:00 #

        my english is poor. but i have used to writting soft by flex. i like flex so much. i am waitting the next new flex.

        Posted by gthank on September 29, 2013 at 02:03 PM GMT+00:00 #

        Hi, I am really impressing after reading this page, and in true meaning now i am realize that how much comunity is involved and whats going on. Thanks to all who contribute.

        Posted by Tahir Alvi on September 30, 2013 at 10:10 PM GMT+00:00 #

        Hi, Do you ever think about diversifying Flex platform. Now there is a strong dependency on Adobe Flash Player. But Flex can be compiled to run on various runtimes. Actually AS3 is very popular language, which is really more perfect then JS. But if "they" dislike plugins, maybe the best way is: after mxml compilation(mxml -> as3), crosscompile(translate) as3 to js. In my opinion, it should be straightforward (if there will be a "Sprite" in js). I see similar tools, at: http://www.jangaroo.net/files/examples/flash/box2d/ I think it will be great conquest: "Flex: now you can compile to js".

        Posted by Michael on October 01, 2013 at 12:13 PM GMT+00:00 #

        One up for a "forum" interface

        Posted by Arul Selvan on October 11, 2013 at 03:30 PM GMT+00:00 #

        It is exciting to see more progress in Apache Flex. I am working on a cross device compatible Agenda/Calendar app that connects to outlook sync web-services for data exchange. So far so good. Mostly I am testing for compatibility with SmarterMail mail server which is an alternative to Microsoft Exchange. My company hosts about 600 mailboxes and I am creating this app to produce mobile device compatibility.

        Posted by Jonathan on October 15, 2013 at 07:51 PM GMT+00:00 #

        It is so cool to see these news...

        Posted by Daniel on October 21, 2013 at 11:43 AM GMT+00:00 #

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