Flex is dying. Get over it and move on, or get involved in re-inventing it

This week, Adobe held a summit on their plans for handing Flex over to the Apache Software Foundation. A small sample of the Flex user base was invited to attend, but for the rest of us they made recordings of the first day available, and streamed the second day live, which was much better as it gave a sense of taking part, rather than just passively watching what had gone before. Others have summarised what was covered in those two days, so I won’t repeat them here.

The summit seems to have divided opinion: some feel that Adobe are abandoning Flex to die; others feel it is an exciting opportunity for the Flex community. To my mind there is no dichotomy here: Adobe are abandoning Flex and that creates an exciting opportunity for the Flex community. It also creates some challenges and there is a danger that many in the community seem to be in denial of those challenges. Continue reading “Flex is dying. Get over it and move on, or get involved in re-inventing it”

Try { harder } 2011. Days 3 & 4

This is part 2 of a of two-part article about the Try { harder } conference. I’d recommend reading days 1 & 2 first as this article will likely make more sense that way.

After a full day’s pair programming workshop, day 3 (Wednesday) was a much more normal conference-style day involving a series of technical presentations. Continue reading “Try { harder } 2011. Days 3 & 4”