Application Development: HTML5 vs. Flash: Choosing the Right Tool

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2011-10-13 Print this article Print
HTML5 vs. Flash: Choosing the Right Tool

HTML5 vs. Flash: Choosing the Right Tool

When to Use HTML 5 Over Flash
Adobe Systems recently revealed some of its strategy for taking its flagship Flash platform forward while also enabling developers to build rich applications using HTML5. Adobe officials wanted to make one thing clear: The company is not abandoning Flash for HTML5, nor is it putting one ahead of the other. Indeed, during the second-day keynote at the Adobe MAX 2011 developer conference in Los Angeles, the company laid out several instances of how Adobe Flash technology and HTML work together to deliver highly expressive experiences in the browser and as apps. Danny Winokur, vice president and general manager of Platform at Adobe, spoke of how Flash and HTML5 development go hand-in-hand at Adobe. He also indicated that Flash 11, the latest version of the technology, along with Adobe AIR 3, will bring even more power and better experiences to users and developers. Meanwhile, Adobe is acquiring Nitobi, the maker of PhoneGap, a popular Web framework using HTML5, JavaScript and CSS, to build cross-platform mobile apps for all major mobile platforms. During the Adobe MAX second-day keynote, Andre Charland, co-founder and CEO of Nitobi, joined Ben Forta, Adobe's director of evangelism, to announce that the PhoneGap Build tools will be available on the Adobe Creative Cloud platform the company announced at the opening of the show. Yet, Adobe's Winokur said there is no simple, one-size-fits-all project for when to use HTML, Flash or another plug-in like Microsoft's Silverlight. RJ Owen, a senior software developer at EffectiveUI, a consulting firm that specializes in Web development, spoke with eWEEK and lent heavily many of the thoughts conveyed in this slide show.
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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