Tag Archives: flash

Solving Different Problems

The Flash Player has to do a little bit more. In addition to decoding the data, it has to convert YUV data to the RGB colorspace and combine the image with other Flash elements. Then it has to cooperate with another application (web browser) to present the video to the user.

Good explanation of Flash Player’s video playback and its performance.

The V8 Myth: Why JavaScript is not a Worthy Competitor

Dynamic analysis is a great complement to static analysis: unfortunately, it is not a replacement. An ActionScript program that has been optimized to death by an AOT compiler can, almost trivially, beat a JavaScript program that is optimized on the fly by the JIT compiler. The only way out would be to let the JIT compiler work till death, but that is not an option! Checkmate.

So yes, you will hear about all the great things in V8 (JavaScript VM), including type inference. The fact is, there is no way a JIT compiler can afford to do the kind of modular analysis that an algorithm implemented in an AOT compiler can.

Regardless how arrogant it sounds, it’s true. Numbers do follow in the article.

Flash is dead. Long live the internet.

This brings us back to my younger self sitting at home in Arizona playing with Flash and Photoshop, building new things. I’ve always loved making things, and I suspect many web developers feel the same. The pleasure of making something great is what drives us, not a specific technology. So don’t be too sad about Flash evolving, or even dying. Just keep making awesome things with whatever tools you have at your disposal.

The author of SWFObject doesn’t regret the death of Flash too much.

Flash still not on the iPad, and that’s still a good decision

A few days ago I was talking to a co-worker who is in the market for a computer-like device for his mom. He was deciding between an iPad and a netbook. I asked him what his mom would be using the device for. Turns out she’s a fan of Facebook games (among other things). I had to warn him off the iPad (no Flash) but wondered if an Android tablet would work for her. I logged into Facebook and tried to play Farmville on my Android tablet (an Acer Iconia A500). A few minutes later I suggested that my co-worker buy his mom a netbook.
more on itworld.com

It’s now clear that Flash presence on Android is a merely a box on marketing checklist, but trying to actually use it is pretty much pointless.

Exclusive: Flashy Website Creator Wix Raises $40 Million

Israeli startup Wix, which allows users to build flash websites, has just raised $40 million in Series D funding led by Insight Venture Partners and DAG ventures, with Benchmark Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners and Mangrove Capital Partners participating in the round. This brings Wix’s total funding to $61 million.

That sounds insane in 2011. Yet, there’s hope: the company in fact wants to move to HTML5, at least for mobile.

Apple’s Flash policy is a breach of Postel’s Law

And what Apple is doing violates Postel’s Law which says you should be liberal in what you accept. Another reason Postel was wise. It helps keep the web from breaking.

All that sounds nice, but I changed my mind about the issue after hearing the argument from Jobs that convinced me: supporting Flash is a significant effort. Apple decided that it wants to put its limited resources on technology that looks more promising – and that’s HTML5. They have done before with floppy drives on iMacs and other technologies considered to be “standards” at the time are now totally forgotten.

Also, applying internet ”laws” to something as closed and self-contained as Flash doesn’t really buy me.

Flash and the HTML5 tag

HD video begs to be watched in full screen, but that has not historically been possible with pure HTML

YouTube’s stance on Flash vs HTML5 <video>. No surprise there: Flash is still the only viable option now. But the article itself is worth reading as it provides pragmatic rationale why web standards are not there yet.

Opera joins in Jobs v Flash argument

“We are trying to give the best internet experience for our users therefore we need Flash – there is no way to beat around that bush.”

“But at Opera we say that the future of the web is open web standards and Flash is not an open web standards technology.”

Opera decided to make a mark in the Jobs vs. Flash debate by issuing a statement that would make Captain Obvious proud.