I just read an excellent post of the Future of flash and HTML 5 on Full Stop Interactive. The article was thought out and presented very well. You should really make an effort and check out the full article here: http://www.fullstopinteractive.com/blog/2010/02/the-withering-away-of-flash/
I think it’s the intro that got me into the article (I’m generally not that interested in the whole Flash debate, since I lack even the meagre ability to draw a stick man, Flash never really did it for me):
Programmers are, by nature, practical. (Exhibit A, Jonathan Snook.) We will find the shortest, most efficient route to complete whatever task is set before us. Need this website complete by Friday? You got it. We’ll take a shortcut here, cut a corner there. We’ll import a library, ignore accessibility, and pretend like the idea of print stylesheets and Internet Explorer 6 never entered our minds. You’re happy; we’re happy.
Except when we aren’t.
Programmers, you see, are also intensely ideological. If more than one option is available, we pick a side and defend it against all comers. You use PHP not Ruby? YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG.
You think it doesn’t matter if you camel case or underscore? FAIL.
You’re on a PC? In 2010? EPIC FAIL.
This apparent contradiction is actually easily reconciled. At least according to this incredibly scientific poll on Hacker News, the vast majority (60 percent) of programmers score as either INTJ or INTP on the Myers-Briggs test. A study of the U.S. population suggests the total INTJ and INTP population is only 5.4 percent. Our working hypothesis, therefore, is that programming attracts (or requires) people predisposed to thinking, judging personality types.
When we isolate the Thinking/Feeling and Judging/Perceiving factors from all responses, however, a slightly different picture is revealed. “Thinking” soars to 82 percent of those tested, while “judging” falls back to the pack at 48 percent. (The same study shows T of 40 percent and J of 54 percent.) Pushing our amateur psychology to its limits, we deduce that practical nature of programmers corresponds to the high likelihood of self-identifying as a thinker, and while our detached nature makes us less likely to judge, we shouldn’t be surprised to find that ideologues tend to shout louder.
In the spirit of realpolitik, let’s set the record straight.
The article goes on to explain Flash and HTML and how they are similar and how and why HTML 5 is closing the space that Flash has to play in. I agree completely with what Nate says there and I’ve got to say, I won’t be terribly sorry to see Flash go.
Flash is cool, but it’s not… right, if you know what I mean.
The article is certainly worth the read: http://www.fullstopinteractive.com/blog/2010/02/the-withering-away-of-flash/
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