So Robert Scoble broke the news (congrats!) – Adobe opensources Flex, the programmer-friendly rich web application environment based on Flash, under terms of the Mozilla Public License. Check the story on Scobleizer and Podtech. It’s a homerun for the web 2.0 developers as well as a strike against Microsoft – just before the Mix07-event in Las Vegas.
Microsoft Silverlight, eat your heart out, Grant Robertsons comments at DownloadSquad. “The open sourcing of Flex should quell some fears developers have of putting all their rich-web development eggs in Adobe’s basket”.
At webpronews.com David A Utter adds more fuel to the fire: Adobe has presented a compelling challenge to developers who may have considered trying Microsoft’s Silverlight platform, he states – adding that Microsoft’s entry into cross-browser, rich Internet application creation just hit a big speed bump. At dotnetjunkies.com Paul Mooney writes: “This should shine the spotlight onto MIX07 and Silverligth, nice timing”.
So we’re in for some excitement here. Will Microsoft strike back? What will happen in Las Vegas? Are we to see more opensourcing in the future? What’s behind Adobes move?
At TechCrunch Nik Cubrilovik provides some analysis. “This announcement can be taken out of context, and it is important to understand that Adobe are opening up tools that help developers build applications – the runtime will remain closed (Flash itself),” he writes adding that he can’t imagine a platform being able to survive without all the developer tools and class libraries being completely open.
By John Furrier and Tina Magnergard Bjers