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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Is it AIR, Flash, Flex, ActionScript? - [9:52 AM]

The Flash Blog: "Ok so those are some of the words that will take on new definitions. There are also terms that will either change or go away completely. For instance, what should I say when I want to refer to the Flash authoring tool? Well stay tuned from Adobe on that one. For now I will specifically either say the version, as in Flash CS4, or just call it Flash authoring. As you may have heard from various sources, Flex Builder may soon be undergoing a name change. This makes total sense as the IDE is used for much more than just developing for the Flex framework. Stay tuned as we continue to roll out new pieces of the Flash Platform re-branding effort." - I've got to be honest and say, this is super confusing. On .NET Microsoft has done a good job separating terms. The CLR is the runtime , it is the machine. The .NET Framework is, well, the framework you build on top of; access to the OS, Collections, etc. Language terms are clear, we have C#, VB.Net, IronPython, IronRuby, and a host of other languages. We also have an IDE called Visual Studio.

So I could say "I built that on .NET, using C#, and Visual Studio". I have no idea how you describe that in the Adobe AIR/Flex/Flash/ActionScript world?

Would it be "I built that on AIR, using ActionScript, and the Flex IDE.", or something else all together?

I've been mixing AIR and Flex to mean the scripting language all week. I'm fairly certain AIR is equal to the .NET CLR?

Oh, and where does AIR fit into "Flash is being redefined?"

Hopefully we'll get some clear terms from Adobe soon, then maybe my pea brain can understand how everything works together.

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