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Flash in the Pan

Apple Insider is running a very interesting series of articles about Adobe Flash and its future. The first article in the Flash Wars series covered the history of Flash. The second part jumps in to all the hurdles and competitors Flash faces, from Microsoft to Apple.

I sat in on most the Flex track at Dallas TechFest, and it is an interesting technology. But I also share the same opinion as the author of the AppleInsider artice — Flash/Flex has a rough road ahead of it. One of the biggest points that I think a lot of folks won’t notice in the article is the suggestion that open standards are a competitor to Flex. By open standards, they mean Ajax, JavaScript, CSS and HTML. I reached the same conclusing after playing with some of the first-rate JavaScript libraries out there like JQuery and ExtJS.

ExtJS, in particular, can do about everything Flex can do, and do it without a browser plug-in. It also has APIs around the non-visual aspect of applications that put Flex to shame. Although ExtJS has licensing issues which I’ve griped about before, if you accept it at face value as a commercial product, it really is the best thing going right now for building RIAs.