Flex 2 is not “all or nothing”
Ever since Macromedia announced Flex 2 and made available pre-release versions, I’ve been gritting my teeth as more and more cool news has surfaced about what Flex 2 will be capable of.
Macromedia Adobe will not be offering free licenses for non-commercial users of Flex 2 as it did for Flex 1, I’ve avoided recommending the technology to people despite the steady stream of exciting news that has come with the successive pre-release versions (now Beta 2).
Where previously Flex was seen as an all-or-nothing platform for web applications, where your Flex application just filled the browser window with a Flash movie containing the user interface, the Flex-AJAX bridge lets you build hybrid applications, with smaller components that can benefit from Flex’s flexibility while the rest of the user experience can continue to be presented using HTML and CSS, with all the added compatibility and accessibility that brings.
I’m still not jumping on the Flex bandwagon just yet, but if the right project came along and the investment were justified… well, you never know.