Linked by David Adams on Mon 22nd Feb 2010 08:37 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless While it's been a low-level grumbling for years, the issue of Flash on mobile devices (and particularly the iPhone/Touch/iPad ecosystem) has reached fever pitch over the past few weeks, with Steve Jobs as self-appointed Flash basher-in-Chief. The OSNews crowd, that is, dyed-in-the-wool technologists have, by and large, not been big fans of Flash, with its spotty availability and performance on alternative platforms, resource hogging, and instability. And though it's quite useful for web video and other specialized interfaces, it drives the tech savvy crazy when it's used for utterly superfluous multimedia bling. So we've had a lively discussion of the pros and cons of Flash, and whether device users should be free to make their own decision about whether it's worthy to install on their iPads. But we're leaving out an important detail. As Daniel Eran Dilger, a Flash developer, points out, almost all the important existing Flash infrastructure won't work anyway. Update: A worthwhile rebuttal to this point of view.
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Comment by Kroc
by Kroc on Mon 22nd Feb 2010 12:27 UTC
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Woah, what is going on with the crazy hate on RD and ignoring the article’s own merit. This article was totally reasonable, better than anything I could write about Flash.

1. He admits to being a Flash developer
2. He admits that he believes that Flash on the iPad is a bad thing, despite point.1
3. Existing Flash content is not compatible with touch interfaces and this would give a bad user experience that would be blamed on Apple and the like and not where the blame should be placed
4. Flash on mobile devices doesn’t solve Flash’s problems
5. He updates his own site to use CSS animation instead of Flash.

WHAT FREAKIN’ GIVES? The site might have a bad history, but lets RTFA first please.

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