Apache Flex 4.8 Arrives!

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Wow!  What a huge milestone for the Apache Flex community.  The legal trials and tribulations are over.  The code transfers are complete.  The votes are in, and the Apache Flex community has truly come together to produce the first official release of Apache Flex, Apache Flex 4.8.0-incubating.

You can find the official announcement here.  The announcement includes all the details you need to get started with the release.

I don’t think anyone anticipated how much work would be involved getting us to this point, but we’re finally here.  Kudos to everyone involved in the process.

As those of you following this know, the Apache Flex podling is still in the incubating stage.  However, having an official release is a huge milestone on the road to a top level Apache project.  A lot has been learned along the way.  Fortunately, future releases won’t have the same legal overhead to go through so should go much smoother.

Now don’t expect anything new and fancy out of this release.  The major goal of this was to produce a parity release with Adobe Flex 4.6.  Many folks have bug fixes and features that they’re dying to put into Apache Flex, but held off for now, to ensure that no new problems were introduced into the code during this initial release.

I urge you all to try it out, and get involved with the community.  If something’s not to your liking, well then just go fix it!

Now the fun begins…


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4 Responses to Apache Flex 4.8 Arrives!

  1. Steve Berube says:

    I would love to see the flexmojo project get put on apache as well. I know a lot of enterprise customers are using flexmojo for automated builds of flex applications and any delay for us using apache flex would be based on flexmojo.

  2. Mike says:

    I am sorry I don’t share your enthusiasm. When I downloaded the SDK from Adobe, all I had to do was unzip it to the FlashBuilder SDK directory and I was ready to start using it. Now I have to download a program, compile it and have it do the install. In this very busy world, who has time with all this extra work. Why could it not be as simple as Adobe had it? I am disappointed. Sorry! I have been programming in Flex for over 4 years and love it! I preach Flex, but let’s make it simple to install new SDK’s, as everyone doesn’t have time to download tools, compile, run, etc., when we use to just download zip/extract. Would enjoy hearing your comments on this.

    • agreenblatt says:

      Mike, the binary distribution will alleviate most of that pain, but I agree it is still not as simple as using the Adobe SDK. Fortunately, this is something that only needs to be done once when you download an update to the SDK. If you have suggestions/thoughts on how to improve the installation process, my recommendation to you would be to discuss this on the Apache Flex mailing list. This is one of the main differences between before when you were mostly powerless to make changes to the Adobe SDK. Now, you no longer have to wait for Adobe to fix things in an update. Just get in there, propose some updates and go do it. Apache Flex is only going to be good as the community makes it.

      Details of subscribing to and posting to the Apache Flex mailing list can be found here.

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