My FGS 2012 talk on the future of Flash and what developers can do about it is available to watch and read online!
I wanted to touch on a couple things based on feedback from different people. First, and this should be pretty obvious, everything in it is my own opinion. I tried to find sources where I could, of course. Second, Flash is obviously not dead and not going to disappear in the immediate term. However, there is a real risk that it could face a long term decline, due to various reasons I explore in the talk. Like I say on slide 12, “declining asset” is a label used to make decisions not a business reality.
Finally, although I’m building some native tech right now, it supports Alchemy as a primary platform – so Flash is still a big part of my business plan. So my money is (literally) where my mouth is in saying that Flash is still a good platform.
Please feel free to post any questions about the talk here. Thanks for reading!
My talk led to some strong reactions!
“Ben Garney is a very engaging speaker… This was my favorite talk of the day!” — Summary post from Autodesk’s community.
@bengarney Good stuff, Ben. The only bad thing I heard from you was the name of the engine you’re working on. That was mine! *shakes fist*
— Phil Peron (@pperon) March 8, 2012
@bengarney looking forward to these, apparently you ruffled a few feathers.
— Jesse Freeman (@jessefreeman) March 8, 2012
Select quotes from the chat log in the video of the talk:
ClutterMedia: he doesn’t know what he is taking about
ClutterMedia: does he own a flash site or build a game
ClutterMedia: if not go fuck him self
PaulGene 2: this guy is depressing me
terrypaton1: Talking about excellent topics Ben
Dragonsnare: gets you depressed and shows you a drink lol
Hamed: what the helll
Hamed: why does he think adobe will ditch the future
FlashGamingSummit is a blast if you’re a Flash developer. Lots of like minds and stuff. @bengarney is such a downer though!
— Iain Lobb (@iainlobb) March 4, 2012
(Iain later walked out of my talk in protest.)
— Mario Gonzalez (@1dayitwillmake) March 5, 2012