Is it ta-ta for Flash?
Interview with a Flash Harriet
And useful, career-wise. I mean, as soon as Firefox upgrades to ECZEMA script 4...
Cough. That's never going to happen.
What? I thought you said...
I did say. But the ECMA standardisation committee had a titanic falling-out with itself, cumulating - to Adobe's chagrin - with ECMAscript Edition 4 being abandoned.
Well, I wouldn't trust a committee that couldn't think of a better name than 'ECMAscript'.
Quite so. However, it has now sealed the deal by publishing the ECMAscript Edition 5 standard, despite the opposition of IBM, who wanted to put in a decimal floating point type.
Those radical anarchists at IBM wanted a decimal floating type included in the language specification, so that £0.20 plus £0.30 might be evaluated to exactly half a nicker, rather than the traditional binary floating point answer of 49.9999996p. The whole standardisation story is quite fascinating; view it here.
Thanks, I promise I'll watch it straight after I've finished all the cat videos on YouTube. So where does this leave Flash and ActionScript?
Standards-wise, it leaves it up the rivulet with the oar overboard. In an open-standards and -source world, it emphasises Flash's closed nature.
My feeling is that Adobe has not been as good a custodian of Flash as Macromedia was. For example, its refusal to patch FlexBuilder 3 to track a long-standing Eclipse upgrade comes over as arrogant and high-handed. Google has long since established it is possible to do neat client-side applications without Flash. And then there is this whole Apple/bug business. It should be more careful.
So is it TTFF?
Ta Ta For Flash.
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