Adobe Flex is open source… really!!

For years the Adobe Flex SDK has been “open source.” And it was, kinda. But they had never opened it up to the community to help work on the project. Then last 360 Flex 2011 in Denver, Adobe announced that they’d support the Spoon project which would essentially spoon feed updates and additions to the Adobe Flex SDK team that were created by the community. But that is really still in infancy.

That is until the other day.

Adobe announced that they were donating the Flex SDK to the Apache Software Foundation (ASF). It’s about effen time!

I give the Adobe Flex team a lot of credit for creating a really great product, but in the end… they could only put so many resources on it for it to make financial sense. Going ASF is the right thing to do.

Adobe, go make more great tools for us… so that we can continue to inspire and engage our customers with great software.

Oh, and I’m hiring Flex developers. Just thought I’d throw that out there in case you happened to have been recently laid off.

About Rob Rusher

In his role as Principal Consultant for On3, Rob leads an software development practice to help his clients build rich Internet applications for the desktop, browser, and mobile devices, and to rapidly increase their knowledge and skills to better support their organization's goals. Rob is an Adobe Certified Expert, Community Professional, and Certified Instructor. He has taught and mentored the technical teams at HP, Overstock, Paychex, SAS, the FedEx, and other Government and Fortune 100 organizations. Rob has co-authored four best-selling books on building secure, cutting-edge and rapidly developed applications using Adobe AIR, ColdFusion and Flex. He is very active in organizing and speaking at RIA, Adobe LiveCycle, mobile conferences, and user groups. In addition to growing his software consulting practice, On3, Rob has been building expertise in rich client application development on a wider variety of devices and platforms that extend the applications to change the way we all create and live.