lunes, 28 de octubre de 2013


Apache Flex
Today Apache released Flex 4.11 SDK, keeping alive the open source framework to develop Rich Internet Applications that can be executed on a browser, desktop or mobile device using the same programming model, tool and codebase.

Flex was created by Macromedia in 2004 and was based on their proprietary Flash platform. Soon it was acquired by Adobe Systems and released Flex 2. It started to attract developers because of the new Actionscript 3 language, the release of Flash Player 9 and the IDE Flash Builder based on Eclipse platform, and very familiar to java developers.

Since then, Flash Player was not only used to create animations and videogames. Flex turned to be a good framework to create dynamic web applications. Using an object-oriented programming language, a set of user interface components, and the new SDK, developers could build Rich Internet Applications running on Flash Player.

In 2007 Adobe included support for AIR (a desktop application runtime), and same web applications could be built as desktop applications running on Windows or Mac OS.

For the last 5 years, despite of the many enhancements the Adobe team added to Flex and AIR framework, rumors appeared about the imminent dead of the Flash Platform and all the technologies around it.

Good news for Flex developers, Adobe donated Flex to the Apache team, and now it’s not only supported by a growing community, it has been a top level project of the Apache Software Foundation for almost a year now. The last version Flex 4.11 released on October 28th includes several improvements like 15 new user interface components, support for last mobile screens, many other improvements and bug fixes.

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