Oh no, I wasn't upset. Keith said Flex has at least a 3 year lead over HTML5 and you took it as meaning that HTML5 will catch up in that amount of time. I just pointed out that this misinterpretation is putting words in his mouth that he never intended. We have enough confusion already; there's no need to add to it, even for the sake of bringing back good humor.
That said. I agree with the rest of what you just wrote. The only guy who'll benefit from this mess is O'Reilly. He'll sell a ton of books on how to write blinking ads in HTML5 and jQuery.
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Subject: Re: [silvafug-events] Re: [silvafug] Adobe's announcement on the future of Flex
On Sat, Nov 12, 2011 at 4:45 PM, Yvon Sauvageau <[address removed]>
Someone needs to read again. It's possible to remain 3+ years ahead forever.
And it's possible that greatness will continue to emerge in spite of a decline, but that's not very likely.
First, there is WAAAY more than the appearance of a decline here.
Second, no new developers are going to jump onto a platform which appears to be in decline. Even if we respect the developers who are currently making great apps with Flex, we NEED new developers jumping on board in order to gain the currency of "being current" (hipness, if you will).
Items (1) and (2) reinforce each other in very nasty ways. The result is that Flex is perceived to be dead. In other words, perception is reality.
I understand that you don't want people to speak poorly of Flex (especially in the newsgroup for Flex); you view this as a surrender to the FUD that exists out there. I apologize for upsetting your sensibilities.
Please understand that I want Adobe to stop letting its competitors define its roadmap. I want Adobe to show some courage. This is the ONLY way this gets better.
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