I had the pleasure of attending Colin Moock’s Actionscript 3.0 tour in London which cleared up a few details but generally confirmed a lot of ground we have already covered in Actionscript 3.0. Several senior members of Adobe were present and so we had a rare opportunity to get some insight into the thinking behind the Flash / Flex divide and the reasons for it. The two are quite separate and lack interoperability and this is a result of their being developed at opposite ends of the development spectrum to solve quite different issues.
My impressions were that we will see an effort to converge the working methodologies between the Designer/Animation camp and the programming camp; efforts which go much further than Thermo. This is good because it’s exactly what we need to maintain the spirit of creativity that has always underpinned Flash.