Say “Goodbye” to Flash

With the Canvas tag coming in HTML5, Flash’s days are numbered.  This will certainly help push it over the edge:

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Make sure to check out and play with the demos, they really give you an idea what of is capable with this.  And just imagine, it does all this without crashing your web browser or slowing your computer to a halt.  One can only hope that web developers discover and start using this, and it spreads quickly throughout the web.

Goodbye, Flash, and good riddance!

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By chitowngeorge Posted in News, Tech

2 comments on “Say “Goodbye” to Flash

  1. It’s not just canvas capabilities that drive web developers to flash (although it certainly plays a role). It’s also the ability to write the code once and know it will run on all platforms. Internet Explorer makes sophisticated JS+HTML+CSS development really difficult. Given that IE requires a plugin for canvas and still has the problem of multiple versions in the wild with mutually incompatible non-standard implementations, flash will be around for a long time yet.

  2. As someone who I know not to be a big fan of Flash, you do make some good points.  I certainly don’t believe Flash will disappear overnight (that would be nice, though, wouldn’t it?), but I still think its future looks dim.  More and more developers are going to move away from it, and as a result, more and more users will come to expect a better experience from web pages than what Flash is currently capable of delivering.

    Microsoft can’t ignore canvas and HTML5 forever. Even if it does, Flash requires a plugin, too, so I see that as a non-issue; if people want the content of a certain site, they’ll install the plugins that site requires.

    As for the people still using older versions of IE, how long should developers even bother taking those people into consideration?  Why hold back the forward progression of the web for people with outdated software?  It would be like current software developers worrying about whether or not their programs would run under OS9 or Windows 98.  Yes, there are people still out there running those operating systems, but should the rest of the world be held back because of it?  Why do web developers worry so much about people still running IE6?

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