While visiting with vendors at the recent mLearnCon conference in San Jose, I had two vendors that in advertently put me on the defensive. This isn’t something you want to do if you are trying to sell a product or service. Both the vendors spoke despairingly about Flash and one person was even outright wrong in their assessment of Flash. Vendors, please don’t bash Flash with false information to a person who teaches Flash to other developers. Granted the vendor doesn’t know my background but a quick question or two would REALLY help you know about my background. I know Flash well and I know its short comings. I left the vendors feeling as if Flash had become the new “F” bomb.
While I recognize there are some limitations with Flash, I honestly feel that it is being beat up on by people who only have a little bit of knowledge and don’t fully understand the technology. Flash is NOT the be-all end-all tool. There are times when Flash is a technology that you want to stay away from. However, in many cases it is a great tool.
If someone tells you that Flash is dead or treats the word Flash like you said the “F” bomb, please know they are speaking from a very bias point of view. Likewise if someone says Flash is the answer to all your needs, please nod politely and back away. This person may be taking you for a ride. Personally, I feel Flash is a good tool but it is only one in my arsenal that I use when developing eLearning/mLearning.
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