Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th May 2010 22:28 UTC
Internet & Networking Lightspark, the project that aims to create an LLVM-based Free Flash payer, has reached beta status. "JIT compilation of ActionScript to native x86 bytecode using LLVM; hardware accelerated rendering using OpenGL Shaders (GLSL); very good and robust support for current-generation ActionScript 3; a new, clean codebase exploiting multithreading and optimized for modern hardware. Designed from scratch after the official Flash documentation was released."
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RE[6]: Tried it out...
by Neolander on Sun 23rd May 2010 06:29 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Tried it out..."
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EDIT : Someone said it all before me ^^'

Yes, yes it is. There isn't anything that flash can do that cannot be done in HTML 5, to my knowledge.

There is a difference between being able to do something and being able to do something in a reasonable amount of time, with serious quality...

HTML is something like the interpreted BASIC of web programming : sure, you can do everything you want. Provided you get a lot of time and an insanely powerful computer to run the final app.

Steve Jobs seems to agree.

Steve Jobs is a marketing guy who never, ever, wrote a single line of code, but wants to make sure that he controls every single application on his platform. Trying to push high-powered programming languages out of the web happen to serve that purpose pretty well.

Seriously, I agree that using a tool like flash for a simple and common task like playing videos is overkill. But if you want to do something more than shopping and watching youtube on the web, HTML is just not the tool for the job... Can you really imagine creating a serious web app like grooveshark in pure HTML+Ajax+ECMAscript ?

Edited 2010-05-23 06:37 UTC

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