Throughout my life, I’ve loved Adobe’s (err, Macromedias) Products. I can remember back in 6th grade when I was first getting into web development that I had no idea what the difference between Shockwave and Flash was. I had no idea how the web, which at the time was ancient as hell (see www.archive.org and see “big name” sites for yourself), could produce such an experience so visual, so entertaining that it made the web go from an informational piece to an experience.
Many people see Flash as “bad” because “Apple won’t put it on their iPhone” or “it runs slowly on my computer”, but for me I have a problem not with flash, but with new technologies for the up and coming.
Adding in Flash Tweening, Animation, and Actionscript, is not on my list.
I want the web to look great and vibrant as ever (i’ll admit, even with intros!) but I don’t want it to come at the price of having visual animation only come from Flash developers. Why not just…developers?
You’ll usually overhear someone say, “well…if you want animation, we’ll have our Flash guy get on the job”. Why is this the case? Can the regular developer not do this? Currently there is that notion because that is the case. I know a PLETHORA of developers who can develop like all hell but when it comes to animation, don’t really know where to begin. And I also know Flash developers who are great at Flash, but can’t program even the simplest code using OOP.
The fact of the matter is, as long as we have this separate divide between “types” of programmer, the web will not flourish into what it can be.
And this is coming from one of the biggest Flash developers. I just happen to like more the forward movement of the internet and web, most focus on growing technologies and less off competitors for no real competition benefit.
I still love flash and always will.
I just love a more a more focused web, one that is easier to learn for our future programmers and next generation developers.