We all have known for some time that Flash will soon be a thing of the past. New advances over the years and the acceptance and implementation of HTML5, CSS3, AJAX and other programming libraries and techniques means it’s just a matter of time. After Apple wouldn’t offer support on their popular iPhone and then subsequent iPad that was the definite sign Flash wasn’t going to be what it used to be.
I was thinking back the other day to when I was in college (2001-2005) and we actually worked with Adobe InMotion. This was before Adobe bought Macromedia. At the time, you could make fun picture galleries and the worst thing ever done on the web…Flash Intros! Other than that, it was just a play tool really.
Some advances came along and you could stream audio and video through Flash and even setup your own video or music player on your website (probably breaking some copyright laws if you did that). Then we see easier ways of doing the same thing without having to use Flash and thankfully the Flash Intros died a very quick death when they did decide to become unpopular.
The new things with HTML5/CSS3 is so much cleaner, smoother, easier to use, easier to develop, no plugins needed, and the support is fantastic. I can’t think of anything with our existing client base that would require Flash that HTML5 couldn’t do. I can’t even think of a time in the last 18 months that a client asked for anything in Flash.
I was asked about ColdFusion last night and that made me think of Flash disappearing much in the same way. I thought, “seriously? Someone is actually asking about ColdFusion?” Let alone they actually know what it is?
Wow, I can’t think of a ColdFusion based website for public use in the last 5+ years. I know they have their own niche in some intranets and private sites but when GoDaddy won’t even support hosting for your product, you know something isn’t right.
Flash and ColdFusion. Two technologies that died (or are dying) thanks to better open source technologies.