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Re: [Discussion] Life after FlashPlayer


Hi,

This article is similar to the dozens of other ones involving flash, flash
player, flex and death... most of the time written by people who don't know
a lot about the flash/flex ecosystem.

/" In addition to Flash, they are also going to stop support for Flex, which
is a framework for web-applications based on Flash. That is the reason why
all the projects performed on Flex need to be migrated to new
technologies."/

Adobe has donated the Flex Framework to the Apache foundation years ago, and
as far as I know, the Apache Flex project is still alive so I don't quite
understand who is "going to stop support for Flex" ?

The article omit to say that flex applications executed by the flash player
runtime can be migrated to desktop versions using the AIR runtime. This
option cannot be selected in every case, not for technical reasons, but
because the customer absolutely needs it's application to be executed in a
browser but there is a lot of cases where a desktop version of a web
application is suitable for the client and its customers.

We are currently working on the migration of several applications that have
cost hundreds of thousands  euros to one of our client. For this client, the
Air desktop path was a no brainer for economical and development time
reasons. Once again, a desktop version is not suitable in every cases but
each person (manager, developer) responsible for making a decision related
to the flash player EOL should be able to answer this question : is this
application absolutely needs to be distributed in a web browser ?

/- *What’s your opinion on the end of a Flex-era*?

- I wouldn’t say that I am sorry. There was the time when it was a very good
technology to use. About 10 years ago, when HTML was not yet well developed,
Flex was far ahead. But now, when HTML5 is ahead, Flex solutions are passing
out. The technological possibilities are improving. We need to move forward,
in order to develop and master new technologies./
   
It is obvious that HTML5 technologies have greatly evolved in recent years
but I'm not sure, as this article states, that HTML 5 is ahead. We spent a
considerable amount of time evaluating HTML5 framework for migrating some of
our eLearning tools written in flex : some technical points like advanced
text layout are still extremely hard/impossible to achieve using HTML5,
especially if you need the same level of consistency offered by the flash
runtime.

Vincent.




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