In another move to gain developer mindshare for Web 2.0-style rich internet client applications, Adobe said it will open source the code for the next version of its Flex framework, which is code-named Moxie. It goes a step beyond offering the SDK for free, which it previously did.
The new open source Flex SDK and documentation will be available under the Mozilla Public License (MPL).
The goal, according to Jeff Whatcott, vice president of product marketing for Adobe’s Enterprise & Developer Business Unit, is to get developers more actively involved with the SDK, which is used for adding extensions to the core Flex framework.
By making it open source, developers will be able to participate in discussions of ideas and proposals with project committees, and submit code or contribute enhancements directly to the Flex SDK project, he said in an emailed statement.
It lays down a challenge to Microsoft, which at most has embraced a shared source initiative on a controlled basis with a few products.
The open source version under the Mozilla license will coincide with the final release of Moxie, which is set for the second half of the year. In the interim, Adobe will begin publishing pre-release builds of Moxie during the summer.