Wednesday, April 25th, 2007
>Adobe continues to impress with the direction that it is pushing with open products. Adobe Flex is being open sourced under a Mozilla-style license.
This announcement is more than a “hey, now you can peak at the source code” move. Flex has shipped with source code for quite some time, and some core members of the community have been able to find bugs themselves. Moving to an open source development model now completes the roadmap, allowing for these developers to contribute their skills.
Changing to an open source development model isn’t a trivial task. As such, it will take some time to implement everything that Adobe wants too. Putting a copyright on code is one thing, openings up a bug database and subversion is another. Cultivating the community is the hard part, and Adobe is carefully trying to do this right. I think that they understand that this will only be a true success if a rich community of contributors grows out of this. When talking to them, they often mentioned how the Flex development team will bring in outside developers who will become just as much a part of the product as the Adobe employees. I hope this happens.
A few things are opening up here. The core Flex framework itself, the debugger, the XML compiler, and the components themselves, some of which are used in the Apolo framework.
I hope that this is a success, and prooves to the Adobe boardroom that it should continue in their path to opening up other products within Adobe. Many would like to see a fully open Flash (although there are good reasons not to).
What do you think about this announcement. Do you care about an open Flex? Do you want an open Flash?
Podtech has published a video interview on the topic: