On Flash, HTML5 and Free Software


Software, hardware and internet market; each player has a different color stone. All the stones are on the table. It probably started in the 60s, not like it will end. The name of the game: Monopoly!

We are the audience. We are entering the subject with the race of being the name that gave the final shape to the internet standards of giants, which is on the threshold of evolution. Then we touch on the ugly duckling of the years and now the black swan, the “open source and free software” issue.

“The Theory of Black Swan Events is a metaphor that encapsulates the concept that The event is a surprise (to the observer) and has a major impact. After the fact, the event is rationalized by hindsight. ” Wikipedia.

In the late 90’s, Flash Macromedia was starting to shake the market as one of the products of the firm’s great technology vision. It became so popular that the format almost became a web standard, Macromedia Adobe Integration with popular Adobe software at the time of acquisition by. the on-site script language ActionScript, which has been repeatedly changed, has achieved success beyond its goal. Now the market is shaking Flash.

New fashion HTML5. All designers are talking about it. Compared to Flash. Shown as if winning. If it will not provide them with a market advantage, developer friendly Steve Jobs said, “Flash is a closed format, whereas there is HTML5. It is completely open, we are on the committee, come and use it. ” says. The main reason is AppleIt seems that the mobile devices, which have been the platform that has earned the most in recent years, are not capable of running high performance Flash. Adobe offers statistics proving that the format is still a web standard. He can’t say anything more. Because the current is in the opposite direction.

Adobe recently Wallaby He made a preview of his new product named. The product translates from Flash (.fla) format to HTML5 format. This pushes the technology followers to the idea that the company left the format in the stream. Is this the case? Or has Adobe made one of the most strategically successful decisions of its recent years?

It seems that what will make this project a successful company is not actually doing its job well, not doing well enough. Yet the format support is so weak that it will probably push developers to stay in Flash, at least hoping to easily keep up with new trends. Some of the features that Flash supports since the oldest versions work very slowly when converted to HTML5 format. This gives Adobe more than dry statistics as evidence: user experience.

Moreover, when the HTML5 standard really became widespread, of course, the software that would switch between these two formats would increase, and this would probably be part of the other companies’ plan to redirect the developers to HTML5. But now, thanks to the early Wallaby move Adobe will hold the customs.

“HTML5 is a language for structuring and presenting content for the World Wide Web, a core technology of the Internet. It is the latest revision of the HTML standard (originally created in 1990) and currently remains under development. ” Wikipedia.

There is one more thing to consider: What is HTML5? HTML5 is the standard that has emerged with the development of browser-based software for years, by gathering them under one roof and adding some new technologies. HTML5 alone cannot do what Flash does. It does this when used with JavaScript and CSS 3, which does HTML4 as well. HTML5 is not a revolution, but a print of t-shirts distributed by those who own a revolution that has already taken place. In this respect, the object of our comparison with Flash is actually not another format, but everything else.

Let’s turn to the black swan. In the 90s, free software projects that only hardware manufacturers invested from time to time to shake the software industry a bit or use it as infrastructure for their own private software have become the software trend of today. While Apple suggests open source to tailor web standards to its devices, Microsoft He gives Kinect’s screwdriver to the hands of hackers at his own request, which he announced that he took every precaution to prevent the box from opening yesterday. on the other hand Google, IBM and Sun Companies such as discovered the power of free software years ago and have been investing for years. OracleWith your permission, I completely skip what happened after the acquisition of Sun. As some keywords: OpenSolaris, MySQL.

“The term open source describes practices in production and development that promote access to the end product’s source materials. Some consider open source a philosophy, others consider it a pragmatic methodology. ” Wikipedia.

The most critical question is: which companies are taking market moves behind the free software developer? Because Support of the audience behind the charisma of the name makes the concept a powerful weapon.