Thursday, February 09, 2006

Flex is going to be HUGE!!

Okay - I have had a couple weeks now to play around with the new Flex builder 2.0 beta. One word - amazing! I rarely get excited about technology these days given most "new" things are simply a minor gain on something already done, but quote me on this - Flex is going to be huge. It's not that Flex is obscure now, it is just that once developers and other tech-heads use it, they will probably largely abandon what they are using now for front ends.

During Adobe's technology Summit, I had the opportunity to watch some of my colleagues build a Flickr Photo browser from scratch, using the web API, in about 10 minutes. While I was watching this, my colleague Matt Mackenzie was sitting beside me and not only duplicated it, but was busy making mods. This is stuff that used to take days/weeks using JSP's! The processing model is also perfect given it removes variances for different platforms. No longer will this be an issue as long as the user is using the reference implementation of Flash Player.

Developers - if you haven't used it yet, download it now from here:

Analysts, Press, Media types - this is going to be big. Learn about it now from the same URL.


  1. you make me sick.
    you hype.

  2. "Anonymous" used "shoot the messenger" there, methinks, but it's possible for each reader to personally examine and verify the source evidence:


  3. It makes you sick that I am stoked on the technology? I find this interesting. I am curious why the first time I ever mention a specific technology it stirs such emotion.

    FWIW - no group, company, person can buy,modify my opinion. What you read here is honest. If you read my other entries you will get a better idea.

  4. I also think Flex is going to be huge and absolutely over the top. It is all about creating an awesome user experience and Flex 2 does better than any other presentation technology on the web. Flex will deserve any hype that it gets because it can back it up with substance. I launched my first Flex 2 class to a Fortune 50 company on Monday and the developers are totally stoked. They said the same thing as you, they were able to build apps very quickly. It is obvious the person in the first post hasn't done their homework.

    Take Care,

  5. You know what, I don't care if people think we're just generating some hype. I challenge anyone who thinks Flex 2 is hype to download the beta and TRY it. I can't think of any other platform that allows me to build rich applications that run inside of a browser so quickly, and I have been building browser based applications for close to 10 years now.

    I'm addicted to it now, and I'm not even part of the flex group at Adobe!


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