12 months after the initial SDK alpha of AIR, Adobe has released Flex 3.0 and the 1.0 version of AIR (the Adobe Integrated Runtime). Adobe is also continuing the open sourcing of Flex with the availability of a SVN repository of the Flex API.
As interest in the Flex development platform grows, the industry is responding with additional tools support, giving developers options beyond the Adobe Flex Builder IDE.
Granite Data Services (GDS) is an open source alternative to Adobe’s LiveCycle Data Services and the recently open sourced Blaze Data Services. Last week, GDS reached production status with their 1.0 release. GDS is available under the LGPL license. InfoQ.com spoke with the GDS project founder, Franck Wolff, to learn more about the open source project.
Rob Rusher, a Flex developer and enthusiast, points us to FlexReport. Poor printing support in Flash is a common problem for Flex applications.
In this presentation from QCon San Francisco, Adobe Senior Technical Evangelist Cristophe Coenraets discusses the benefits of Adobe Flex for Rich Internet Application (RIA) development, the API that Flex provides to developers, the new AIR runtime, and several examples of RIAs built using Flex, Flash and AIR, such as a word processor, a call center application, and a book viewer.
A frequent criticism of the Adobe AIR platform is that it lacks support for native OS integration, which is typically essential when building desktop applications. With the AIR 1.0 release coming soon, Mike Chambers of Adobe published a proof of concept last week that demonstrates how developers can work around this problem.
InfoQ.com has covered a number of advanced and intermediate topics on the who, how, and whys of the Adobe Flex development framework, including: Who Is Using Flex, Flex Misconceptions, The Proprietary Nature of Flash, and Open Source Flex Frameworks. Ted Patrick, a Technical Evangelist for Adobe, takes us back to the basics with his blog post, ‘What is Flex?’
Per Olesen published a blog recently entitled, Flash is Still Closed Source and Proprietary Technology, where he argues that Flash is still a proprietary platform.
OpenLaszlo is working to support the Flash Player 9 Runtime. OpenLaszlo was one of the first application development frameworks to target the Flash Player Runtime (starting with version 7). Since that time, the Adobe Flex framework has surged ahead in adoption, partly because of their support for the Flash Player 9.
Kathleen Richards of Redmond Developer News published an interview with Sun Microsystems’ James Gosling, in which they discussed JavaFX and its competition in the RIA space. Gosling shared some pointed thoughts on how he believes JavaFX compares to the Flash / Flex platform.
Last week, Adobe made a major change to the Adobe Flex Platform with the announcement that much of LiveCycle Data Services is being open sourced in the BlazeDS project, including the AMF specification and code. This change should eliminate one of the final cost and licensing barriers for those considering adopting the Flex Platform.
Today Adobe announced they are opening sourcing the remoting and messaging technologies from LifeCycle Data Services as BlazeDS. They are also open sourcing the AMF protocol specification.
Forrester released a new report written by Eric Driver and Ron Rogowski. The report is titled RIAs Bring People-Centered Design to Information Workplaces.
In Buzzword’s September release, spell checking support was added to the online word processor built using the Adobe Flex Framework. This week, David Coletta from the Buzzword team is sharing details on this part of their implementation in his blog posting, "Buzzword Spell Checking Internals."
Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) is a platform that allows developers to use web technologies to build desktop applications. Danny-T is questioning the Adobe AIR paradigm on his blog posting, ‘Is breaking out of the browser the right next step?’