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The War on Flash

Since the iPad was announced, Flash has been under an almost constant attack from a number of fronts, with many declaring it a dead platform. No surprise there. People have been after Flash for years. But the Flash community has been firing back. here are a couple great responses to the proclamation of Flash’s early demise.

Everyone to their bases – Flash is under attack!
Jens C Brynildsen at Flash magazine
http://www.flashmagazine.com/community/detail/everyone_to_their_bases_-_flash_is_under_attack/

Flash is Dead… Long Live Flash
Devon O. Wolfgang at onebyoneblog
http://blog.onebyonedesign.com/?p=421

And some further looks at the points levied against Flash:

http://blogs.adobe.com/jnack/2010/01/sympathy_for_the_devil.html

And another breakdown of why Flash will lead the charge and HTML 5 (and more importantly the browsers that serve it) will always play catch-up:

http://richardleggett.co.uk/blog/index.php/2010/02/01/the-world-is-moving-to-html5

and a look at HTML 5 video support and it’s current issues

http://createdigitalmotion.com/2010/02/html5-and-a-brave-flash-free-open-world-uh-not-so-fast/

I think these taken together form good support for the theory that

  1. Change in the way interactive on the web works is well under way, but has a long way to go. Still never a bad thing to be at the head of the pack that bringing up the rear
  2. Flash will move forward past it’s current incarnation into something no one might yet see, but something we the Flash Developers should be on the lookout for
  3. IE does and always will suck the life out of all of us (just wanted to throw that in)

jfox015

Jeff Fox is an almost twenty year web front end/ digital user experience technology leader. He cut his teeth in the web's early days and has worked for fortune 100 companies, small startup agencies and several companies in between. In addition to being a passionate developer and technical speaker, Jeff is a dedicated tech and sci-fi geek gladly indulging in Doctor Who and Star Wars marathons. He is also a talented musician, writer and proud father of three little Foxies. And don't get him started about his San Francisco Giants.

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