[osflash] AS3 & our future
carlos.rovira at gmail.com
Mon Apr 24 16:14:06 EDT 2006
I think that Flash Player 9 RIAs could be developed and used since we have a
final release because there's a lot of market in enterprise applications
build for intranets, so I expect to start using the new AS3/Flex2 asap.
You are right if you try to develop for internet but due to the new methods
for upgrading the player like ExpressInstall you could think in start
learing and developing for AS3 right now while maintain other developments
for Flash Player 6/7/8.
On 4/24/06, Nicolas Cannasse <ncannasse at motion-twin.com> wrote:
> > Hi, Flash 9 (better known as Flash 8.5) was announced. I'm wondering on
> > how we could compile AS3 with and open source/free environment like
> > Nicolas Canesse has announced to not continue the development of MTASC,
> > so it won't have AS3 support.
> > Now, i think it's time to find a way to do that...
> IMHO, there is no hurry.
> AS3/Flash 8.5 has been in Beta for a while now. I don't know when Flex2
> will ship and the 8.5 player will be officialy released, but at this
> time I will work seriously on adding 8.5 Player support to haXe if it's
> not done yet.
> Before that, while I think it's great to experiment with AS3 and new 8.5
> Features, I don't think it's proper for full-scale development yet. At
> least in my company case, we need the player to be available on our
> clients computer, and that's not the case for 8.5 Player.
> We actually started using Flash 8 a few months ago. It's pretty easy to
> go from Flash 7 to Flash 8 since there is only additional features that
> will simply not work when used with Flash 7 player. In the first time,
> it was then possible to add some eye-candy F8 effects to our games by
> keeping the game F7 compatible. Only recently we are asking our users to
> upgrade their player to Flash 8.
> This kind of smooth transition can't work with Flash 8.5. It's a new
> language, a new API, and a new virtual machine. You need then to rewrite
> everything from scratch, by porting your code, which can be painful in
> some cases.
> Also, remember that what drives Player adoption the most are the
> websites asking the users to upgrade their Player. We could see a great
> adoption curve for Flash 8. That's IMHO thanks to the fact that the new
> features could be used and enjoyed by all kind of Flash users :
> designers and programmers.
> That might not be the case for Flash 8.5 . I guess it will first be
> released with Flex 2 for building Rich Internet Applications and then
> only later Flash 9 - which will still keep Flash <= 8 compatibility. The
> current AS3 enthousiasts are mostly coders that can see the value of
> additional VM speed and features. Since they will not be 8.5-capable IDE
> before Flash 9, I expect the 8.5 player usage - and then adoption - to
> be a lot slower.
> My conclusion is that while AS3 is hot and you can start playing with it
> right now, companies should carefuly plan their AS3 usage and try to
> walk the smooth transition line, when that makes sense of course.
> That's where haXe (http://haxe.org) strategy makes sense. First, it
> provides a programming language a lot better than AS3 (or else I
> wouldn't have done it), that can you can use right now in production as
> an AS2 replacement since it can target Flash Player 6-7-8.
> And when haXe Flash Player 8.5 support will be added (don't worry about
> it, it's not that difficult to do), you can slowly migrate your classes,
> and keep most of your codebase unchanged since haXe is crossplatform.
> For the places where you are using some Flash API that will have changed
> between 8 and 8.5 you can use haXe conditional compilation for example :
> #if flash9
> #else flash8
> #else flash7
> I guess there will be also some kind of API-wrappers in haXe to be able
> to ease this kind of changes.
> your Server-side code (replacing PHP and the likes).
> If you want to know where I see "our future", I can see it right now
> there : http://haxe.org :)
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