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Date:      Sat, 27 Jan 2007 20:51:55 -0800
From:      Garrett Cooper <youshi10@u.washington.edu>
To:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: how to enable linux flash player [9] in firefox
Message-ID:  <45BC2BEB.4050509@u.washington.edu>
In-Reply-To: <20070128035858.GA38349@thought.org>
References:  <20070126073329.BC30B16A40F@hub.freebsd.org> <200701271128.21056.odilist@sonic.net> <45BBC3D5.9060504@u.washington.edu> <20070128035858.GA38349@thought.org>

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Gary Kline wrote:
> On Sat, Jan 27, 2007 at 01:27:49PM -0800, Garrett Cooper wrote:
>> It's a pain in the ass that Adobe / Macromedia had to invent a
>> technology that so many "web developers" sought, just because of its
>> ease of "developing"; if only the "developers" sought to learn CSS and a
>> bit of proper javascripting, then stuff would be easier for viewing on
>> all platforms.
>>
> 
> 	I've nevr understood the need for something as absurd as 
> 	flash and shockwave;  a graphic/animated app that was developed
> 	for proprietary computers.  But I have wanted to know if the
> 	same thing could be done with Java.  Isn't most of  the sweat 
> 	in creating the animation?  The big question is, how much
> 	effort would it take to creat a javascript out of 
> 	whatever-flash-requires?

Java? Not that bad, but the VM isn't as lightweight as the flash runtime
engine (believe it or not). Not only that, it takes better developers
than the ones that do flash (no, you can't point, click and drop little
animations where you like or out of the box effects).

About the only thing that flash can do that javascript and the rest
can't do (easily) is video and audio, but then again that can be hacked
using the right tools and setup in Java (maybe with a bit of native, or
C/C++ code) to do what you need to do at lower levels.

As for Javascript, it can do the majority of the junk that flash is used
for nowadays, with a little proper HTML coding. Flash is just a fad that
developers use to deploy quick projects (similar to VB was back in the
day for Windows users).

That's a good thought though.. I like that idea..

- -Garrett
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