RL / Flex in the enterprise: future viability?

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29 Oct, 2012 05:11 PM

(a very general question I know, but I value the perspectives in this forum on this topic)

Am I being too short-sighted to still be actively developing new enterprise applications with Robotlegs / Flex?

The Adobe / Apache events of the past year are well known and heavily discussed, so I don't mean to rehash all of that; but at the end of the day, I still find that I can create valuable new applications using Robotlegs / Flex, with a quality and speed that I cannot yet replicate with HTML5 / JS-framework-du-jour / etc. Therefore, I don't see the sense in transitioning away now, simply because it will eventually be deprecated in the general development community. My primary deployment platform is still the desktop (Windows and Mac), so until those OSs declare they'll no longer support Flash Player... Robotlegs / Flex is still a viable choice, yes?

Am I missing something? Like, they're not shutting down desktop Flash Player any day now, right? And it's not like I can't gradually expand our knowledge and experience into HTML5, as it matures for the enterprise (e.g., Montage sounds promising); or use AIR to deploy our first mobile apps. And even if Flash Player were to keel over completely in say, five years - that's a lifetime in the app development world! And we'd be squeezing out quality from the Robotlegs/Flex sponge all the while.

Thanks for sharing any thoughts on this. In the enterprise/intranet world, I find that technology evolution/adoption runs on different rhythms than the consulting / external-facing world; so while the sky may be falling at a particular rate outside, I don't always experience the same level of panic on the inside.


  1. 1 Posted by neil on 29 Oct, 2012 08:41 PM

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    Use the best tools to hand for the job. If its flex robotlegs use them. If Its HTML 5 use that. Don't get sucked into partisanship, don't stop learning new things. Doesn't half the world still run on Cobol?

  2. 2 Posted by pdemling on 30 Oct, 2012 09:50 PM

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    That has been my prevailing sentiment; I just question myself every now and again, when I don't see external championing of Flex from nearly all of the previous Flex champions. But I suppose that is more of a reflection of the business-marketing side of their roles (primarily consulting), than a pragmatic technology decision...

    I guess I just wish there was more to the public talk of Flex than "Flex is dead, what are we doing with HTML5 now?" But you are correct, it can be it's own world of COBOL, and that can be fine too.

  3. Ondina D.F. closed this discussion on 20 Dec, 2012 12:43 PM.

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