Linked by Adam S on Thu 26th Apr 2007 19:30 UTC, submitted by Flatline
General Development Adobe Systems plans to open-source Flex, its development framework for building Flash and Apollo-based applications. The company on Wednesday is expected to announce the move, which will start when it releases a beta of the next version of Flex, code-named Moxie, in June.
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RE: Fricken Morons
by XemonerdX on Fri 27th Apr 2007 10:29 UTC in reply to "Fricken Morons"
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Flex is going on like 5 years old, and has pretty much zero market penetration. Why? Macromedia priced it into oblivion. $20,000 per CPU if your website faced the internet... I would really like to know what idiot came up with that pricing. It killed ANY chance of it ever becoming successful.

Please check your facts. That was true regarding Flash1 & Flex1.5, not so anymore. With the release of Flex2 in 2006, the cost per CPU went down to $0 (you *can* buy a serverside component but no need to anymore plus there are free alternatives) and the SDK was available for free. Now the SDK will be open sourced as well, kudos to them. It's better than nothig.

Edited 2007-04-27 10:30

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RE[2]: Fricken Morons
by galvanash on Fri 27th Apr 2007 14:21 in reply to "RE: Fricken Morons"
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Ok.. I knew this kind of reply would pop up. Yes, as of Flex 2 you can now build Flex application without the server side component. But the server-side component is STILL $20,000 if you want it.

I would argue that Flex without the server is crippled. Lots of people use it this way because they simply never had a chance to use the server... If they knew what they didn't have they would be seriously up in arms about it.

Flex without the server is like PHP without a database or an Office Suite without a word processor... Sure, it might be useful for somethings but it sure the hell isn't ideal. It reminds me of when MS and Borland sold 2 versions of their entry level programming tools (VB/Delphi). There was a standard addition and a professional of each. No one in there right mind once having used the professional version for a few projects could go back...

The difference is that the jump between versions wasn't twenty f@*$ing thousand dollars...

Edited 2007-04-27 14:24

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