The CPU and memory imprint is my biggest complaint. My other complaint
could be more of developers not using it correctly, but nothing is
more irritating on a site then when you hit the back-button and it
doesn't work.

I know the idea behind most flash development are desktop applications
on the web. We access these through a browser which has some expected
default behavior. Breaking things like the back button drives me

Also, the world is moving more mobile and most phones can't handle
flash so you're tied to a computer of some sort. Not to mention if
things like the iPad take off, there is another market that doesn't
get to use your application.

There are several ways to get the eye candy. I'm sure flash is
easiest, but JavaScript will do it. Also, I've only tried one program
with it, but JavaFX has some nice features. Not sure how popular it is
yet, but I see some great potential in it.

These are purely opinion based. I've never programmed in ActionScript
or Flex so there could be solutions for all of my bad experiences with

James R. Perkins

On Wed, Mar 10, 2010 at 09:59, Aaron Bartell <aaronbartell@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
What is it that you don't like about flash?

I like the eye candy, but it sucks up A LOT of CPU.  Though most of my usage
of it is with sites like and where it is
continually decoding a music stream.  But it never fails to end up consuming
about 500MB of memory if left running an entire day.

One of the things I would eventually like to do is develop a thin client
flex/flash veneer that knows how to render a stream from the server to
display a UI and then send user actions back up to the server.  This
approach would mean you wouldn't need to download multiple large swf files
but instead would download a "player".  I like to think of it as being very
similar to 5250, except a GUI version.

Aaron Bartell

On Wed, Mar 10, 2010 at 11:11 AM, James Perkins <jrperkinsjr@xxxxxxxxx>wrote:

In my opinion it boils down more to do you like flash? Personally I'm
in the anti-flash group, but that's solely my opinion. That said, I've
never used but I do hear good things about it. I would image it would
work fine.
James R. Perkins

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