ElementRiver Launches Open Source Framework Potomac to Empower Developers to Take Flex into the Enterprise

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Potomac Framework Inspired By OSGi Brings Enterprise Grade Modularity to the Flex Community

Flex is a great technology, but a lot of issues have been raised in bringing Flex to the enterprise. These issues really called for an OSGi framework approach.

ElementRiver announced today that it has launched Potomac, an open source framework for Flex developers giving them the ability and confidence to bring Flex into Enterprise application development.    Potomac, available at http://www.potomacframework.org, is based on the concepts of the OSGi framework module first released in 1999 and most popularly seen in the Eclipse open source IDE. Potomac embodies the goals of the OSGi framework by providing Flex developers an environment for the modularization of their applications into smaller bundles. Each bundle is a tightly-coupled, dynamically loadable collection of classes, UI components, and services.

Critics of using Flex for enterprise applications have now been answered with Potomac. Benefits of using Potomac include:

  •      Enterprise Modularity allowing plugging bundles into applications written by multiple team members or even third parties
  •      Scalability and speed improvements by only loading modules as needed
  •      Metadata-driven approach that improves productivity of Flex developers

CEO Chris Gross has deep experience with both Flex and the OSGi model giving him a unique perspective, "Flex is a great technology, but a lot of issues have been raised in bringing Flex to the enterprise. These issues really called for an OSGi framework approach." ElementRiver is committed to helping improve the framework overtime in concert with the community of developers that adopts it. Future plans for ElementRiver call for the creation of commercial plug-ins for Potomac including customizable UI templates and ready-to-use business components.    

About ElementRiver

ElementRiver is a leader in the emerging move of Flex into the enterprise to create a new standard for end user experience. Providing both consulting services and the open source Flex development platform Potomac, ElementRiver is in a unique position to ensure an enterprise's move to RIA is successful. Founded in 2009, ElementRiver is privately held and based in Reston, Virginia.

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