Filed Under: Flex
It was in amazement that I read about the The JSF Flex Project on TheServerSide . I thought that this was someones idea of a bad joke, sadly it wasn’t. The author claims the project is for “developers who are unfamiliar with Adobe Flex can be completely abstracted from its technology and focus in linking the application’s data to legacy information”.
Hold up just a god damn minute here. First of all JSF probably is the framework with the highest learning curve I have ever laid my hands on. Because it is based ideas from all the horrible UI frameworks (AWT, Swing, etc) it is of course over engineered, utterly complex and not very well suited for UI development . The only reason people use JSF is because software vendors (IBM, Sun, BEA, etc) keeps showing it down their throat.
Secondly Flex is dead simple. If you are not able to learn to create a Flex application in one week you should probably change profession. I have personally experienced this with several Java developers who have learned Flex in one week without any prior knowledge of Flex or UI programming.
Anyone with their brain plugged in when reading about a framework and see the phrase “completely abstracted from its technology” know that it is absolute nonsense. If you think for one second that you can write Java code and not have a need to understand the technology it abstracts you should, once again, change your profession. If you actualy belive the above statement you should read Joel Spolsky’s article The Law Of Leaky Abstraction.
What is depressing is that the people behind the JSF Flex Project probably have spent time on this utterly stoopid project. I am sorry that you have wasted time on this and I am sorry that I have to tell you that you have wasted your time.
(this is global, not just for this entry)