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Ok…I’m following the herd and blogging about it yes but I have a different reason. Let’s get the basics out of the way:


There we go. Now we can get down to business.

So, I 100% get the current scenario of the library…I really do. Heck, they even state it in the Project History section on google code.

The API was originally developed by Jason Crist and authored under the direction of Terralever, an online marketing firm with strength in Flash-based media. Although Adobe has taken over day-to-day management of the project, Jason still maintains a consulting role. Under the direction of Adobe, the highly experienced team of Flash and Flex experts from gSkinner.com have developed and architected the latest iteration of the API.

If you are looking for the deprecated code and samples, see the ‘tag/version2’ directory in the repository or search for files with the ‘Deprecated’ tag in the downloads section.

For questions and inquiries about this library, please contact Daniel Dura at Adobe Systems via email at ddura@adobe.com. Submit bug reports, patches, or feature requests via the issue tracker.

If you notice they give props to Jason Crist as the original developer. My issue is you won’t see mention of him anywhere else on the blogosphere. Yes, Adobe took it over (along with gSkinner folks) but it would’ve been great to at least give him a nod on the Adobe page. Otherwise it looks like Adobe started and finished it, which is what I thought when I first saw the page. I thought Adobe started their own along with Facebook but turned out…it was the API Jason has been banging on for years.

I asked Grant about it on Twitter after his tweet about it. He responded:

@johncblandii Yes, Jason Crist authored the original library, which we extended and polished. He is mentioned on the google code page.

I would’ve like to have at least seen him get the “wink and a nod” from Adobe. ๐Ÿ™‚ So…anyways…it is what it is. My reason isn’t to complain but to give props to the OG of the Facebook API: Jason Crist. Woot! Arizona AS3 pimp in the house!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I think it is great Adobe took the code and it is getting huge media, heck even Jason is happy about it. I remember when Jason started it (I had just met him and worked with him a bit [contracting] while he was at Terralever). Again…kudos Jason!