Posted by Jesse Braunstein


Here comes the end of Flash!

Adobe made the startling announcement that it is going to put an end to all development of mobile Flash on Wednesday, and the web’s been buzzing with the news.

To me personally, the first thing that pops into my head when I hear the word Flash is the Superhero “The Flash”, known for his incredible speeds.

So if you’re like me, and aren’t particularly tech savvy, don’t let a little lack of knowledge get in the way of you learning something. Let me just begin by quickly explaining just what exactly Flash is.

Flash, is a program designed by Adobe “for viewing multimedia, Rich Internet Applications and streaming video and audio, on a computer web browser or on supported mobile devices”, explains Wikipedia.

On paper, Flash looks amazing and for the most part actually, Flash functions pretty well:

For the most part…

The main issues noticed with Adobe’s Flash, have been with designing for, and using the software on mobile devices. As the evolving tech world is now ALL about mobility, this is a major problem for Flash.

It was such a prominent issue, that Steve Jobs, former Apple CEO made various public statements deeming Flash as bug ridden and not worth the time. Jobs even prevented his now world famous iPhone from being Flash ready because he feared the issues pairing the two would cause.

In fact, “in April 2010, Steve Jobs, criticized the stability of the Flash Player, claiming that when one of Apple’s Macintosh computers crashes, “more often than not” the cause can be attributed to Flash.”

With HTML 5 (which stands for HyperText Markup Language), now being the programming language of choice for developers, many say that Flash took the hint and bit the bullet out of fear that the end was close for them anyway.

Many are familiar with the saying: “Man plans and G-d laughs!”

I’d like to alter it slightly here to drive home the point of this article:

“Adobe plans…and Steve Jobs laughs!”

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