The first question you probably have after seeing the title of this post is “why would you make an alternative to Flex?” Or perhaps, “how could you even think of competing with Flex?” Honestly, we aren’t trying to compete. This will be open source. And alternatives are always nice to have. We could talk about how difficult it can be to extend the Flex components, how limited the styling is, or how Flex makes complicated things easy and easy things complicated, but the fact of the matter is we just thought building an alternative would be fun.
Now, that being said, I think we’re going to have a KILLER alternative to Flex. We (Tyler Wright, my twin, and I) have been wanting to do something like this for awhile. After hearing Ely Greenfield’s Flex roadmap presentation at MAX we got all excited about it again. Much of what was presented there are things we’ve had in mind and wanting to build. I’ve been working on a proof-of-concept over the last few weeks, although we’ve worked on it off and on for a couple of years, and we are definitely headed in the right direction. I’ll list here a bunch of the stuff we’ve got worked out so far.