Archive for April, 2007
Adobe announced that the Flex SDK will be open sourced under the Mozilla public license, the same license that they open sourced the Action Script VM under (the Tamarin project). The move is just the latest in a trend of an increasingly open ecosystem around Flash and Flex which started with the Tamarin project.The News Rundown
The Flex team has talked about open sourcing the project since its very beginning and did things like starting labs.adobe.com and giving people very early access to the betas of Flex 2. In chatting with them, it sounds like the impetus for this was just that the Flex community had grown large enough where a lot of exciting open source activity was happening, and they wanted to be involved. As part of the initiative, Adobe will be releasing the source to the following parts:
- The Flex Compilers (mxmlc, compc, asc) – the command line tools that compile flex code
- Flex command line debugger
- View source utilities
- Automated Testing Framework
- Flex core component library – this includes Apollo components
- Build Scripts
- Web tier compilers
- Flex-Ajax Bridge – already open source, but moving from MIT license to MPL License
Adobe will start by opening the Flex bug base in June and providing daily builds of Flex 3 at that time. Then between June and December, Flex 3 will be released under its current license. Shortly after this they will fully open source the SDK and open it up to external contributors. Adobe also has plans for a “second phase” in which people outside Adobe may be granted commit privileges to the core SDK and granted ownership over “sub projects” of the SDK.
Yesterday, Microsoft announced their “next-generation, cross-platform, cross-browser web client runtime“.
Microsoft® Silverlight™ is a new cross-platform, cross-browser plug-in for delivering the next generation of media experiences and rich interactive applications (RIAs) for the Web. Combining video, audio, animation and graphics in a rich way, Microsoft Silverlight, previously called Windows® Presentation Foundation Everywhere (WPF/E), integrates with existing Web technologies and assets to provide high-quality experiences with low media delivery costs.
Silverlight is delivered to end users through a small one-time installation, offering consistent experiences to both Macintosh and Windows users on a variety of browsers including Internet Explorer®, Firefox and Safari. Silverlight will be available to customers on April 30, 2007.