It’s Going To Be A Blast… FATC! Flash and The City Is Almost Here
The Iona Group’s very own Chad Udell is scheduled to speak at the first-year conference, Flash and the City, on May 15 in New York City. This is an incredible opportunity, as Chad will be speaking about technology that Iona created for a recent project for the Adler Planetarium in Chicago.
Speaking to a sold-out conference, Chad will be presenting “Hacking Robots for Fun and Profit.” This is an inside look at how Iona developed the advanced technology to allow Flash to drive model “rovers” that travel on a fabricated planet surface in the exhibit at Adler. Conference attendees are application developers and programmers who will have a strong interest in Iona’s innovative thinking and creativity.
You can discover more about Chad’s presentation and Flash and the City at the conference website: http://tinyurl.com/2akbccd.
To learn more about the Adler project or how Iona can make their creativity work for you, call Scott McCormick at 309.263.4662.
Fast forward to today and the constant bickering between anybody on the web about the slow death of flash or the rise of HTML5 or need for standards or whatever the tech press or bloggers will have you believe about what is going on behind closed doors between Google, Adobe, Apple and MS about the web’s next steps in media design and development tech and you still have to wonder… how will games, deep experiences and the like be built in HTML5?
Most demos of the tech are pretty frivolous or only prove that yes, you can play video without Flash. Who cares? Could I use HTML5/JQuery to build Sliderocket? Gmodeler? A top tier experience site for the latest blockbuster movie?
The answer, ‘possibly’… but would it be as easy to build and debug or render as fast as using Flash/ActionScript? Most likely, no.
When you look at the press coming out, or get phone calls from clients requesting HTML5 apps, alarm bells start going off in my mind. How are we going to handle this transition to a post Flash world when device manufacturers like Apple seem to be forcing us to use a hammer and chisel to produce pale imitations of sites that we built two years ago using great tools? Is the Flash platform perfect? No, but it’s better than pretty everything else we have tried so far for building examples like the ones I pointed out above.
This is not meant to be a “HTML5 sucks” or a “Flash rocks” post… there are plenty of those already. I am interested in hearing what you think though… Does HTML5 need a better DOM scripting partner if it is going to take over for Flash? What does an ideal HTMl5 authoring tool look like? Do these questions matter as much as I think they do to the average designer/developer?
Adding Some Books to My Evaluation List… Guess What I’ve Been Up To.
I’ve got the SDK. The IDE. The devices.
Now, some reading material. These look like some great titles, and I have them enroute.
I guess I have drank the kool-aid. Who am I kidding… I did that a while ago.
Does Everyone Have iPhone App-opia?
You may not need an “app for that”… Let’s have a sense of reality and use proper judgement before jumping into dedicated application development, shall we? Read the full article on this in my latest post at Float Mobile Learning’s Blog.
BTW, this may be my favorite image from our illustrator, Matt, yet.