Flex 4 release date moved for the better

Submitted by Falken on Wed, 08/19/2009 - 09:42

At last night's Flex 4 (aka Gumbo) Open Iteration Meeting Adobe announced that due to all the feedback from the community, they are going to push back the Flex 4 release date to 'early 2010' and also issue a further beta release later this year.

This is great news as it looks like the team will use the extra time to make the transition to the new Spark component set a lot easier, both in terms of the features it has and using it with the older Halo (Flex 3) components.

There still won't be full parity between Spark and Halo until the Flex 5 time frame, but Spark is much easier to work with at the 'skin' level, which is often where it's best to add value to your clients (after all, it's the only bit they see).
Having said that, Flex 4 is going to get pagination for datasets that doesn't need special server-side software like LCDS or BlazeDS, which is a major boost.

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rost (not verified)

Wed, 08/19/2009 - 10:27

Yes, while Spark is really good, it could make its way to developers too long and complicated if Adobe released it too early, especially with a lack of some components from Halo.

The problem is a bit more compex, because it includes not only Flex 4 SDK and Flash Bulder 4 development, but also Flash Catalyst, which must provide the same components to designers and generate code for them.

I'd better wait until more polished Flex 4, so this is a wise turn for Adobe as for me.