I hereby decree

by David LeMieux


Part 1

So, its been a year and I would like to re-comment on the state of Flash. Flex/Flash consultant Jesse Warden put up a nice post today about some current Adobe news. One thing Warden mentions is the fact that the passion behind Flash is dying, not the technology itself. I would add my voice to that same sentiment.

In my own professional life (I am not a consultant) I have been using Flash less and less as time progresses. This has nothing to do with the platform or its capabilities. It has a lot to do with how my company values Flash and the time we decide to put behind it. Flash continues to be an important part of what we do, but many of our new projects are striving to be Flash-less. The reasons for this vary, but the biggest are these: 1) We are trying to be cross-device compatible, inclusing iOS. 2) We are a group of young, "hip" developers that often get caught up in the new coolness.

Lets talk about reason #2 for a moment. Things like Node.js and Ruby as well as the many GitHub projects are the cool thing at the moment and are proving to be fun to play with. In an effort to say ahead of the curve and also be a part of the "bleeding edge" we sometimes pick new technologies over old ones (it is also very educational). Bottom line, we never say "lets use Flash to implement this cool new idea."

So, it doesn't matter that in many cases Flash would be a great solution.

There are allegedly some cool technologies coming in newer versions of Flash, but I haven't felt the need to look in to them. If I am any indication (and I don't know that I am) I would say that the trend is similar elsewhere. (Also, I've seen demos of WebOS running Flash and yet it is still nowhere to be seen.)

There are a lot of cool new toys to play with, and whether because of marketing or timing or any other reason the new Flash toys just aren't as stand-out and amazing any more. It used to be that if a developer made a cool Flash library they could get some traction and some attention. Now the new hotness is putting up a new JavaScript or Ruby project on GitHub.

So Flash as a technology is still not going anywhere, but it may start to disappear if the community stops caring.


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