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10 years as a Flash Developer

by John

Today marks my 10 year anniversary as a Flash Developer.

It’s hard to believe how much has happened since I moved to London in January 1999. I took a job building Flash websites for database developer ProSys. Funnily enough you can still see the web site I built for them. Other than removing the news section, it hasn’t changed.

I’d built websites before but had never used Flash. To be fair not many people had back then, but it looked like fun; which as I’ve mentioned before is my Achilles heel! ProSys were very keen to innovate but there’s only so much you could do with Flash 3; Actionscript was still a few years away. We did find though that you could get javascript and VBscript to talk to Flash via FSCommand and use that to set the frame of a MovieClip. Naturally I built a clock.

The most rewarding part of the journey has been the wonderful people I’ve met through the Flash community. Jensa and Marc, John and Pete, Seb, Aral and Tom, Simon, Chee and Ant. The list is a long and happy one. Thank you all for 10 years of innovation, inspiration and fun!

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free resume help January 26, 02009 - 12:09 pm

First of all my wishes to you. Technology keeps changing. What we use now becomes outdated the next day. Only development and change is permanent in this field. So what do you think about the technologies that is going to over ride flash in future?

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resume objectives January 26, 02009 - 6:49 pm

I was inspired by you after reading this. Could you suggest me some website where I could learn flash… I am interested in multimedia kind of stuff..

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John January 29, 02009 - 2:32 pm

Hi there. You’re right that technology is a moving target. I have been lucky to work with a technology that has grown in popularity and adoption over the last 12 years, but it’s important not to get complacent.

I think it’s been interesting over the last 6 months to watch all the top Flash developers start playing with ObjectiveC on the iPhone. They are both “fun” technologies to play (em, work) with. Although Adobe has a Flash Player on iPhone, it’s unlikey that Apple will let it onto the device. That said I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see iPhone apps output from a future version of the Flash IDE.

As for learning Flash there are plenty of great resources online and the community is ver friendly. Try checking out Lee Brimelow’s excellent GotoAndLearn site: http://www.gotoandlearn.com/

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