In defense of Adobe Flash Player

    imageAdobe Flash made a small revolution in its time. Cross-browser technologies are already now, 3d graphics, when even games were not so colorful yet - than not slogans for advertising. Recent attacks are unlikely to halt the development of this platform.

    The main audience of the latest articles on Habré can be divided into the following categories:
    • Haters - those who have Flash Player constantly freezing at any time of the day, and for which it appears only in the form of banners, intros on websites and browser crashes.
    • Idealists are those who believe in the power of HTML5, but they themselves have not yet seen it in real life.
    Such approaches are emotional, here we’ll try to turn the tide a bit and approach the issue more pragmatically.

    Modern Flash Player

    Flash has been developing faster than other technologies recently. And this despite the fact that he has no actual competitors, there are only preparations. The programmers were provided with convenient tools for developing cross-browser web applications (Adobe Flex), which at the beginning of their appearance showed miracles that are available only in the future in HTML 5. Adobe AIR, which allows creating cross-platform applications, appeared on the same principle. Pretty colorful and interesting looking.
    No matter how scolded Flash Player, but it has an advantage that will be difficult to reverse in the near future - it costs 99% of computers connected to the Internet. Java, by comparison, only 77%, Adobe AIR on more than 100 million computers, Silverlight installed on only 45% of computers. Do not forget about the ease of installing AIR applications through the browser. In fact, the end user will not even notice that something has been installed additionally to him.
    How long do we have to wait for HTML5 support? C'mon support, how long should at least IE6 go out of fashion? By writing a Flash application, you can get the entire audience now. A new version of Flash is released - almost all computers are instantly updated and get new features.

    Modern internet

    Most videos on the Internet are watched using a Flash player. I wonder if critics thought about what the Internet would look like without it now. Youtube, Vimeo - no one would have heard about them, the whole industry would be absent. The same with the usual mp3 players in the browser. In general, when they talk about the need to replace Flash, this is a bit surprising. How much time did different manufacturers have to create an analogue? Or maybe even get ahead of Adobe. Nevertheless, the audio / video tag appeared only now, when real money revolves around multimedia, moreover, time has already been largely missed and I personally doubt very much that Flash positions will be very crowded out. Another point is the actual approval by the H.264 standard. We will be asked last of all, what and who needs it, heaped up such a thing,
    The recently introduced Stratus technology, which allows you to create p2p connections via the Flash player, made it possible to earn millions of teens on their ChatRoulette service. How long would he have to wait until it appeared in HTML5 ... He probably would have grown old.
    A market, industry, including workers and employers, has been formed, which will be difficult to change, and the benefits, except for mitigating the criticism of Steve Jobs here, are not obvious at the moment.

    Future of the internet

    imageIn the near future, Adobe is preparing for a new leap in its technology. Adobe Flash Player 10.1 will introduce new features on several platforms at once. The computer version will provide us with hardware acceleration, including when processing audio and video. Mouse gestures, multi-touch, the new Webkit with support for HTML5 / CSS3, working with native functions of the operating system - this is Adobe AIR 2.
    In addition, an optimized version of mobile Flash is being developed, which will provide AIR capabilities for creating applications for major mobile platforms. Until recently, developers were tormented with JavaME, which provided only formal cross-platform. Now imagine an analogue of JavaME, which will be much more cross-platform, will run on today's powerful mobile devices, with the ability to manage files, databases, etc. Isn't that a pragmatic programmer's dream? You need to prepare now.

    Section "Humor" (frivolous arguments)

    • Closed technologies (do we have communism?)
    • Adobe / Apple relationship history (this is a business guys)
    • Banners (cheers to the new HTML5 banner creator;)


    I think that in the dispute 2 main camps (which are already being formed) will win - separately Apple and competing companies in the mobile market Nokia, Google, Microsoft, etc. Adobe will win, but not by PR, but in cash. It is unfortunate that in individual blogs, podcasts form a one-sided opinion about Adobe Flash. A frank attack on Adobe, the interests of the attackers of which are by no means in convenience, but in the formation of PR and increase in turnover. Still, the player, having gone through such a long history and changing over time even before the mass introduction of innovations, does not provide real reasons for such criticism, and even, no matter how loudly it is said, it is worthy of respect and I would wish him all the best and further development .

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