Beggars Banquet

John Nack takes on some of the rougher speech out there about Flash. I’ve printed it out, read it half-a-dozen times already. I think you’ll find it enjoyable too. Go read. 🙂

Two quick points, one about it, one beyond it:

It’s a well-written essay. He has both conversational tone and corporate sensitivity… either is hard. The first screenful of text gives the high-level overview of all the rest. Subjects are blocked out into separate areas. It’s personal, not pompous. The essay is refreshingly accessible.

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” – Albert Einstein

Beyond the text, the Player team is doing something phenomenal… hidden in plain sight, but under the popular radar. This past year-plus they’ve been working under the Open Screen Project mandate. The amount of industry-wide cooperation in this is unprecedented… 19 of the Top 20 handset makers, Internet television, other devices. Flash Player Engineering has been uniting these devices, smoothing over the edges — engineering predictable advanced capability despite hardware changes, API changes, schedule changes. No other engineering team has the depth of cross-device knowledge and experience that they have earned. So many moving pieces in this project, and yet the Player team is making it happen. And they’re doing so in an environment of multi-partner cooperative chaos, rather than in a single-vendor controlled stack. Profound ramifications.

“Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.” – Percy Bysshe Shelley

More later, but right now, please go read John’s “Sympathy for the Devil”.