The Gradual Disappearance Of Flash Bashing

… likely won’t occur until the incentives disappear, unfortunately.

I’m linking to this article mostly because it just popped up on Techmeme unlinked, and I’d like to help out Gabe…. πŸ˜‰

If you read the article itself the author takes the title as a given, and then extrapolates upon what a world would be like were this so. But many will read only the headline, and assume that it was substantiated. Whether the writing and its promotion had this as a premeditated goal is difficult to accurately guess.

Even though Brad is a self-described “Flash hater”, I agree with him that “In the end, we’re all just trying to create websites that can be accessed and used, regardless of the tools we use to deliver them.” I also like that he links to HTML-based work he likes, down towards the end… if you can do something good, it’s to everyone’s benefit… no real need for one to fail for another to succeed.

What drives Adobe is removing the barriers to publishing. Just as every manufacturer is releasing a dizzying range of new personal digital screens (almost all of which are being optimized for Flash work) the new Creative Suite aims to become the most practical way to publish to whichever forms and brands of screens you and your audience choose.

There’s a remarkable consistency in that drive…. πŸ˜‰

Update: After a few hours there are many comments there, with a very firm sentiment of “use the best tool; don’t trash Flash”. Sounds like many web workers just want to get on with their work, with a lower level of divisive hype…?

5 Responses to The Gradual Disappearance Of Flash Bashing

  1. Gary says:

    Hi John,
    I am not a flash hater (we use it on our site) but it is definetly on a downward trend.
    http://trends.builtwith.com/framework/Shockwave-Flash-Embed
    Gary
    [Thanks for the link. Most sites use JavaScript invocations now, due to the IE/Eolas difficulties… hadn’t seen the default switchover expressed before as starkly as in your chart, thanks. –jd ]

  2. brad cooper says:

    I believe Flash is an amazing tool and there is a reason that Flash has dominated the web for so long.
    I have high hopes that Flash will morph itself into a Web Standards Development Tool and bring accessible RIA’s to the masses – Adobe is definitely the company that can do it.
    As for the recent developments with the iPhone OS SDK – screw Apple (I have never and will never own an apple product) – Don’t they know Desktop apps died and everyone is moving to Web Apps? I guess they just have to learn again.
    [ Hi Brad, I didn’t realize at first this was you. Thanks for stopping by, being cool with my ripoff title…! πŸ˜‰ –jd ]

  3. jeffrey says:

    [ This seem to be “What I want in Flash”, rather than the topic of Brad Cooper’s title. –jd ]
    I think the flash player has it’s merits as a platform (not ever breaking backwards compatibility) but the fact that it’s proprietary has cause some headaches for non-Windows PC users in the past.
    The critical part to flash player’s necessity on my computer (and most everyone else’s) is video sites. I can’t watch the majority of the video site’s out there without the Flash plugin installed.
    This hasn’t been as much of a problem for when I’ve used a Windows PC but when I’ve used a video game system, internet tablet etc. I’ve been locked out without a key back in.
    The reason has been for the longest time because Adobe (before them Macromedia) held those keys and it didn’t benefit them to open the door for me.
    Now this is starting to change but I get the feeling it’s only because of things like Silverlight, iPod and HTML 5.
    I don’t care about Flash vs HTML5 I only care about being locked out of video sites regardless of what Adobe’s incentives are.
    Until Adobe open sources flash, they are still holding the only set of keys to my video sites.

  4. David W says:

    The bashing is extremely tiresome–it’s hard to get real information amid all the hater noise.
    I agree with your earlier post about how this is 1998 all over again–which is before the time of many or most of the HTML5 fanboys.
    Today’s problem is more about the purification of development–I’m a designer who got hooked into Actionscript 1, and have been working on my dev chops for10 years, yet, I’m finding that im spending all my time on code and new tools, and not enough time making things. To me, this all reeks of “let’s keep the dumb designers pushing pixels.” It seems like the priesthood is trying to maintain it’s man in the middle position.
    Jaron Lanier’s new book is a nice reality check–he correctly states that the FOSS crowd is mostly stuck in imitation. The frustration with Adobe is that they have built things that are too hard for the fossers to copy.
    [ Thanks for the mention of Jaron Lanier — I appreciate his recent work in urging respect for creators’ rights, and how a deal must work for everyone to merit their participation. –jd ]

  5. Brian Lesser says:

    Flash is still the best and most popular way to do things like complex and cross-browser animation that performs well, cross-browser dynamic bit-rate video, A/V enabled collaborative Web applications, complex and dynamic text rendering, and so on… Flash is too successful for the bashing to stop any time soon. Further evidence: Apple’s iPhone OS devices don’t support browser plugins but the press and comments primarily refer to that as an attack on Flash. Java, Silverlight, and other plugins are almost never mentioned. The bashing is often unpleasant but it also indicates Adobe is doing some big things really well.