There been a bit of a stir lately around Flash (again)… caused by this Adobe post on some PhoneGap announcements for marketing. The Adobe Flash Runtimes platform PM, Chris Campbell, has posted a response to these comments and I’ve thrown in my opinion as well. Incidentally… while I do plenty of web standards work… most of my income with Fractured Vision Media still comes from Flash Platform technologies and 2014 looks to be no exception to this. At all.
Balance and perspective, people…
Thanks for the (formal) update, Chris. This should go some ways to alleviating the fears out there inadvertently caused by the marketing post on PhoneGap enterprise tooling.
I remain a huge proponent of of Flash Player and AIR. I work with these technologies every day. 2014. Working with Flash Player, in the browser, daily. Working with AIR on mobile and on the desktop/server… daily. Most of this work is done in applications which support rich media and video creation, management, and delivery. The platform excels in gaming (of course), and video… but also general app and utility development. This is to say nothing of the incredible workflow established over the past decade. Incredible creativity. Perhaps Adobe could re-visit the strategy of pigeonholing the platform to such a narrow set of targets?
I also work with web standards on a daily basis. this stuff has come a long way obviously… and Adobe is right to want to take advantage of these advances and contribute to moving things forward. There is no question that web standards developers want a better experience. Adobe is enabling this. PhoneGap is one way in which this is being done for mobile. This work is needed… it is welcome… and appreciated.
I teach on PhoneGap and Edge Animate. I work with various HTML5 libraries all the time and some of them are very solid. Have you all seen the Phaser HTML5 GDK? Incredible what is now possible in the browser. Does this take away from my work in… or support of… Flash and AIR? Of course not. I’ve ALWAYS believed in choice and balance when it comes to web technologies and see no reason to change my perspective or my daily practice. I do wish that Adobe (as an organization) would realize that this balance is the true sweet spot.
You have the Flash runtimes platform AND the web standards platform in your domain. The only thing missing is balance. Flash on.
— Joseph Labrecque (@JosephLabrecque) March 25, 2014