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Java Swing (re-)enters RIA space

Posted At: May 8, 2007 4:05 PM | Posted By: Jeff Tapper
Related Categories: adobe, desktop, flash, flex, flex2, javafx, mobile, ria, silverlight

It seems Sun is interested in re-gaining some of the market share it one had in the Rich Application space.  The annual JavaOne conference is underway, and there seems to be quite a bit of buzz surrounding the upcoming annoucement of the JavaFX project.  It seems that JavaFX is looking to compete directly with Microsoft's Silverlight and Adobe's Flex/Apollo initiatives, as developers will be able to target Desktop, Web and Mobile applications from this single platform.  Ultimately, it seems that this is largely going to be done by vastly simplifying Swing development, with the use of JavaFX as a declaritive programming model, on top of the existing Swing framework.

Ultimately, its good for everyone, developers and consumers alike to have more competition in the Rich Applicaiton space.  This will surely lead to greater innovations for applications, and more choices for developers.

You can find more on this at infoworld and infoq.

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Open Source Flex 3 SDK

Posted At: May 2, 2007 4:05 PM | Posted By: Jeff Tapper
Related Categories: actionscript3, adobe, apollo, as3, fes, flex, flex2, flex3, free, ria, silverlight

At midnight, Thursday April 26th at Midnight, Adobe officially announced that the Flex 3 SDK, will be released as an open source project under the Mozilla Public License.  The actual timeline for the release looks like this:

Summer 2007 – Daily builds of the Flex 3 SDK will be provided.  Online access to the bug base will be publicly available.

Fall 2007 – Flex 3 launches.

December 2007 – After the release of Flex 3,  adobe will be posting all software assets into a public Subversion repository for public access. 

More information on this can be found in the FAQ, the press release, and the discussion group

Many have asked the questions: "Why would Adobe do this?" and "how is Adobe is going to keep making money from Flex?"  While I dont have any inside information about either of these, i do have come conclusions I've drawn on these two…

Why would Adobe do this

The easy, marketing friendly answer to this question is "to grow the platform."  Of course, Adobe wants more and more people using the Flex Platform, as it enables them to sell more copies of Flex Builder, Flex Charting, Flex Data Services, etc.  Of course, I suspect this may be a bit of a defensive move as well, as it comes on the heels of Microsoft annoucing SilverLight.    As Ted Patric notes, Adobe is taking the gloves off in its battle against SilverLight.  I think its safe to assume that by open sourcing flex, more developers will adopt it, and it will set a much higher bar for MS.

How is Adobe is going to keep making money from an Open Source Flex 3?

The reality as far as product sales goes, is this is no different than flex 2.  In flex 2, there was already a free SDK, which included everything a developer would need  to build flex  apps.  This open source project will provide the same free SDK, just under a different license.  As I mentioned before, if Open Sourcing the project attracts new developers, then, additional sales of the commercial flex products (Builder, Charting , Data Services, etc) will likely follow.



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