[ANNOUNCE] Apache FlexJS 0.8.0 and Apache Flex FalconJX 0.8.0 Released

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[ANNOUNCE] Apache FlexJS 0.8.0 and Apache Flex FalconJX 0.8.0 Released

piotrz
Hi All,

I'm re-posting this announce for the people who do not subscribe users mailing list, but follow nabble forum, where announcement was not displayed. It is probably due to issue where nabble forum is not able to properly handle emails sent to multiple mailing lists.

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The Apache Flex community is pleased to announce the release of Apache
FlexJS SDK 0.8.0 and Apache Flex FalconJX Compiler 0.8.0.

Apache Flex is a highly productive, open source application framework for
building and maintaining expressive applications that deploy consistently
on all major browsers, desktops and devices (including smartphones,
tablets and tv).

Apache FlexJS is a next-generation Flex SDK that enables developers to use
MXML and ActionScript to not only create SWFs but also cross-compile the
same MXML and ActionScript to HTML/JS/CSS so applications can run natively
in browsers.  The cross-compiled code can also be used in Apache Cordova
(Adobe PhoneGap) mobile applications.

Apache Flex FalconJX is a next-generation MXML and ActionScript
cross-compiler.  It extends the next-generation SWF compiler known as
Falcon.  Both are contained in the release package and are used by the
FlexJS package to compile SWFs or cross-compile to HTML/JS/CSS.

This is the sixth release of FlexJS and FalconJX.  It is ‘beta'
quality.  In this release, all of the compiler JARs and framework SWCs are
also available as Maven artifacts making FlexJS the only version of any
Flex
SDK to support Maven.  Maven can even be used to build the sources and
examples.  See the various pom.xml files included in the artifacts.

New capabilities in this release include:

- A new "Express" component set, which is designed for rapid application
development. It includes more beads by default than the "Basic" component
set to help you get started building FlexJS applications faster.
- New layouts that utilize Flexbox in the browser.
- Revised layouts that use fewer internal HTMLElements in the browser.
- The new "Material Design Lite" component set brings Google's Material
Design system to FlexJS.
- More complete Reflection implementation with access to static members,
kept metadata and method parameters
- Added cross-platform registerClassAlias/getAliasByClass/getClassByAlias
implementations (reflection package)
- Added support for interpreting XML literals as JSX by adding [JSX]
metadata to a function.
- The -source-map compiler argument now also generates source maps for
scripts in MXML files.

The purpose of this release is to gather feedback about the
features and implementation strategies, and recruit new contributors as we
grow these code bases into an SDK and tool chain that delivers the highest
productivity developing applications that can run in the most places.
These releases may not handle production needs.  Expect lots of bugs and
missing features.  Please file bugs at:

https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/FLEX/

For questions about how to use FlexJS and FalconJX, send email to
"users at flex.apache.org".  Please try to prefix the subject with [FlexJS] or
[FalconJX] so it is clear the questions refer to this release and not the
Flex SDK and MXMLC compiler.

For questions and feedback on the development of the source code in these
release, send email to "dev at flex.apache.org".  Again, please prefix the
subject with [FlexJS] or [FalconJX].

Apache FlexJS and Apache Flex FalconJX are available in source and binary
form from the following download page:
http://flex.apache.org/download-flexjs.html

When downloading from a mirror site, please remember to verify the
downloads using signatures or MD5 hashes.

A simple way to try these releases is to use the
InstallApacheFlex 3.1 or 3.2 application which is available at the
following url: http://flex.apache.org/installer.html

Choose Apache FlexJS 0.8.0 and it will create an Adobe Flash
Builder-compatible SDK that uses the Falcon and FalconJX compilers to
generate SWFs and HTML/JS/CSS output.  You can also use FDT as your IDE
for developing FlexJS applications.  Some folks have been successful
using IntelliJ, FlashDevelop as well.  Moonshine is also working on
FlexJS support.  VSCode now has extensions for FlexJS.

Apache FlexJS 0.8.0 is also available as a npm package. On a system with
npm installed, users can easily install FlexJS with the command: "npm
install flexjs -g".

See the README or the FlexJS wiki for more information.  The FlexJS
section of the wiki is at the following

url: https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/FLEX/FlexJS

For more information on Apache Flex, visit the project home page:
http://flex.apache.org

Please try FlexJS and become involved in shaping the future of Flex.

The Apache Flex Community
Apache Flex PMC
piotrzarzycki21@gmail.com
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