Donated by Adobe, Flex is an application framework that has leveraged Adobe’s Flash rich Internet plug-in technology. Developers can build applications for iOS, Android, and BlackBerry Tablet OS, as well as desktop and browser applications. Apache is working on extending Flex to support HTML5, says Alex Harui, vice president of Apache Flex. But any HTML5-related improvements might carry a different name.
“We want to run in as many places as we can,” Harui says, in explaining Apache’s HTML5 ambitions for Flex. The upcoming version 4.10 of Flex, however, is expected to offer just incremental improvements. Having Flex at Apache “allows the people in the community who have a real stake in the Flex technology to actually contribute to its development,” Harui notes.