Apache Software Foundation Delivers Flex as Top-Level Project
The Apache Software Foundation announced that Apache Flex, formerly Adobe Flex, is now an Apache Top-Level Project (TLP).The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) has announced that Apache Flex has graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a top-level project (TLP). Formerly Adobe Flex, the project originated at Macromedia prior to its acquisition by Adobe Systems (ADBE), and was submitted to the Apache Incubator in 2011. "Being a TLP demonstrates Apache Flex's commitment to 'The Apache Way' and the project's ability to self-govern, and be a part of the broader ASF community,” Alex Harui, vice president of Apache Flex, said in a statement. Flex is an open-source software development kit (SDK) for building and deploying cross-platform rich Internet applications based on the Adobe Flash platform. The Flex framework allows expressive Web applications to deploy consistently on all major browsers, desktops and devices—including smartphones, tablets and TVs. In addition, Apache Flex provides a modern, standards-based language and programming model that supports common design patterns suitable for developers from many backgrounds. Flex applications can be deployed to the Adobe Flash Player in the browser, Adobe AIR on desktop and mobile, or to native Android, iOS, QNX, Windows or Mac applications.
The Project also announced the availability of version 4.9 of the Apache Flex application framework. Apache Flex 4.9 and the Apache Flex SDK Installer 2.0 consist of an SDK, a compiler and automated testing tools.
- new localizations for Australian, British, Canadian, Greek, Switzerland (German) and Portuguese;
- the SDK can be compiled to work with Flash Player versions 10.2 through 11.5;
- better support for Vectors, including new VectorList and VectorCollection classes;
- inclusion of the new PostalCodeFormatter and PostalCodeValidator components for more consistent internationalization;
- the Text Layout Framework (TLF) was updated to version 3.0.33, and is now included in the SDK; and
- support for Java 7 for compiling the SDK.