Flash Takes It in the Teeth
It’s been a bad couple of weeks for Flash.
First you had some quotes from Steve Jobs of this ilk:
Apple does not support Flash because it is so buggy. Whenever a Mac crashes more often than not it’s because of Flash. No one will be using Flash. The world is moving to HTML5.
Adobe quickly put out a statement that they never ship Flash with known crash bugs (I’m not sure whether they did themselves any service with that remark), and then someone quickly proved they did. If you click on this link your browser will likely explode. It’s a Flash bug first reported in 2008. Only the 10.1 beta is safe.*
Every time I hear about devs (some of my co-workers included) choosing the Flex API for AGS I have to bite my lip. With the life span of web mapping sites they’re probably more than safe going with Flash - it’s slide will likely be long and slow. But I think that slide is becoming inevitable.
*btw, if you have a supported graphics card the 10.1 beta will hit the GPU rather than clobber your CPU. It’ll keep your media center PC from eating itself.