One of the things I love about the Flex community in its current form is the generosity of spirit shown by the contributors. Few things do more to restore my faith in human nature than the goodwill and patience that is prevalent on the forums and code sharing resources that belong to the Flex community.
Adobe for their part have gone a long way to encourage and develop this ecosystem of developers by allotting time – or at least permitting time – to be spent by senior members of their development teams posting replies to the often terse, sometimes downright stupid, occasionally offensive, but mostly honest and open queries from members of the public who post on forums like Flexcoders.
This is a nice departure from the normal grasping and unenlightened attitude prevalent in corporate software development. It has benefitted me and my startup enormously. I even find myself pledging a small amount of my own time to contribute back to these groups, trying to help in the same way in which I was generously helped when I was a newbie and didn’t know my as3 from my elbow.
I say well done Adobe and thank you flexcoders!