Adobe releases Flex as open source
Adobe today announced plans to release source code for Adobe Flex as open source in June. This initiative will let developers worldwide participate in the growth framework for building cross-operating system rich Internet applications (RIAs) for the Web and enabling new Apollo applications for the desktop. The open source Flex SDK and documentation will be available under the Mozilla Public License (MPL).
“The decision to open source Flex was a completely natural next step. I am incredibly excited to deeply collaborate with the developer community on Flex, and further fuel its momentum and innovation,” said David Mendels, senior vice president, enterprise and developer business unit at Adobe.
Available since June 2006, the free Adobe Flex SDK includes the technologies developers need to build Flex applications, including the MXML compiler and the ActionScript 3.0 libraries that make up the Flex framework. Flex has been used by businesses such as BMC Software, eBay, salesforce.com, Scrapblog, and Samsung to create RIAs deployed on the Flash Player.
The open source licensing of Flex is part of an initiative to engage the community in the creation of Flex technology. Starting with the pre-release versions of the next release of the Flex product line, code named “Moxie,” Adobe will post daily software builds of the Flex SDK on a public download site with a public bug database. The release of open source Flex under the MPL will occur in conjunction with the final release of Moxie, currently scheduled for the second half of 2007.
Adobe believes that by committing to releasing Flex source code to developers as open source, it is embracing collaboration with the worldwide developer community and enabling other open source projects to take full advantage of the Flex framework’s capabilities
Developers will be able to freely download, extend, and contribute to the source code for the Flex compiler, components and application framework. Adobe also will continue to make the Flex SDK and other Flex products available under their existing commercial licenses, allowing customers to choose the license terms that best suit their requirements.
For more information on how to contribute to the open source Flex initiative, go here.