Linked by David Adams on Wed 8th Apr 2009 05:32 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces Adobe has a promotion that states that if you will attest that you're unemployed, they'll give you a free license to Flex Builder 3 that you can use to burnish your skills.
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RE[2]: A good deal
by arbour42 on Wed 8th Apr 2009 15:40 UTC in reply to "RE: A good deal"
arbour42
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2005-07-06

Yes, the player itself is proprietary. But given that Flash runs on over 95% of computers worldwide, the chances of Flash disappearing over the next 10 years is close to nil. That exceeds most business app lifetimes.

If Adobe goes bust, there will be a stampede to buy their technology. Of course, we in the West are about to fall into a hyper-inflationary depression, so you never know what could happen. Maybe Norway's sovereign fund would buy Adobe.

Edited 2009-04-08 15:41 UTC

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RE[3]: A good deal
by google_ninja on Wed 8th Apr 2009 16:20 in reply to "RE[2]: A good deal"
google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

I could so see yahoo or google buying flash

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RE[3]: A good deal
by Kroc on Wed 8th Apr 2009 16:35 in reply to "RE[2]: A good deal"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

Some of the largest banks in the world disappeared overnight, with market caps greater than even the likes of Google. The fact that Flash is on most computers means jack-diddley-squat about Adobe’s (or anybody’s) safety. That’s like saying that the banks are infallible because they have lots of money.

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RE[4]: A good deal
by arbour42 on Wed 8th Apr 2009 16:59 in reply to "RE[3]: A good deal"
arbour42 Member since:
2005-07-06

Yes, completely true. But if Adobe goes down with NO buyers, then no one is going to be developing HTML 5, or Firefox, or Chrome either. We'll all be too desperate searching for food and water (which is where I think we're headed no matter - the entire banking system is insolvent).

As for now, Flex and Silverlight are far ahead of HTML 5. Sproutcore is pretty good too.

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