Where Will Flash Fit?

I love flash. I keep hearing people say they hate it, but I love it. It’s a lot of fun to create something in Flash, and then be able to play it for people so they can mess around with it. I played my Voyager 2 slider for my dad and he loved it.

I’ve always had an eye for animation. When I was a child I used to use the family video camera to make stop-motion animations of lego guys and GI Joe’s fighting and mutilating each other. It was fun, and it taught me a lot about visualizing things in a timeline form. I think this is why I enjoy Flash so much: it’s the digital version of my childhood animations.

But recently I’ve been reading a bit about HTML5 and the new version of internet explorer. Both have me a little worried about Flash. I’ve read about how Flash is dying, and also about how it’s not dying, just simply fitting into it’s place better. But that leaves me wondering: where will Flash fit in? I’m spending an awful amount of time using it to create things, and I would hate for these skills not to translate to the real world.

I’ve asked a few people in the real world about the use of Flash. They all say the same thing: “We don’t use Flash here.” Yikes! Flash seems like the easiest way to create engaging content. I’m very interested to see how these companies are creating engaging content without using Flash. I keep hearing about PHP and Javascript, both of which we have yet to learn anything about. Are these the tools of the future?

Until I get some clear guidance here, I’m going to continue to hammer away at these Flash project, not only because they’re assigned to us, but because I enjoy using Flash. I hope it doesn’t leave me hanging in the long run!


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