Quite often I’m asked by people at SAP about Adobe product roadmaps, especially for Flex and or the Flash player. One of the positive things about the Flex SDK being open sourced is almost complete transparency to the development community.
Adobe’s Mike Chambers has compiled a really fantastic list of all of the current communications, including some stunning Flex 360 keynote demos that show our new design workflow and Thermo, as well as detailed features and benefits to be included in the new release. You can actually d/l nightly builds and play around with it as well.
I’d love to capture feedback from all of you at Community Day, so please come up and talk to me if you feel any features are missing from the SAP perspective…
For those too lazy to hit the link, I’ll paste some of the content below-
About a month ago, the Flex team announced that nightly builds of the next version of Flex (code named Gumbo) were now available on the opensource Flex site. Along with early versions of the SDK, the team also posted a ton of other information, including specs and API docs.
Below is a listing of links and resources about Gumbo / Flex 4. Going through these will quickly get your up to speed on what is being worked on in Flex 4, and get your ready for playing around with the new builds.
Official opensource project page
Flex 4 Downloads
An Introduction to the Gumbo Component Architecture
Flex 4 Language / API Reference
The Next Dimension of Rich Experiences (360 Flex Keynote) Mark Anders
Flex SDK Next Plan (Matt Chotin)
Flex 4 Skinning Architechture : Deepa Subramaniam
Designer / Developer Workflow in Flex 4 (Ely Greenfield)
View all specifications.
- FXG 1.0 (Graphic Interchange Format)
- Skinning and Skinnable Components
- Enchanced States Syntax
- Group Containter
- Items Component and Selector
- Layout Interface
- Application Component
- Text Primitives
- TextInput Component
- TextArea Component
- ScrollBar Component
- Range Class
- Track Base Class
- Slider Component
- Spinner Component
- Numeric Stepper Component
- MXML 2009
Podcast : The Future of Flex : Matt Chotin on the Flex Show
Flex Developer Forums
Flex Team Blog
Sean Moore also has a good link round up on his blog.