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I just would like to say that we always like Actionscript.
We are perhaps not "educated enough" to enter in a debate like Prototype based language vs Class based one. But we know how "extends" and "implements" works in Actionscript. We have learned over years to use them efficiently.
We do not really appreciate all these js tools with funny names : bower, gulp, grunt, browserify, yeoman, and what else ? For us, that doesn't make a real project just a small part of it.
We are not all "engineers" with a massive knowledge of development patterns and language theory but we really appreciate actionscript's "just enough" language features to express our creativity.
We like Actionscript's efficiency. We are happy when a 3D web app we make runs in an Explorer 8 like in a recent Chrome. We like how Stage 3D compensate the lack of hardware acceleration.
We know how Actionscript can be stable and fast used with some experience.
And always we make enough money to continue our lives using Actionscript daily.
But we, the actionscript developers, need to be enlightened about the future of Flash Player.
Adobe has an optimistic road map, updated on February 14th 2014. But this document starts to be outdated.
In our nightmares, we see the next version of Chrome bundled without Flash Player or a Safari requiring scary security confirmations before launching our web tools.
If you can't update the Roadmap, could you at least say us in few words :
- Internally (in Adobe), do you consider Flash Player as a dying / depreciated technology ?
- How many people are still working on Adobe Flash Player ? How many of them believe that flash player has a future on desktop browsers ?
- Will we see new real versions with new competitive features which will always make flash as an "unreplaceable" ? Or just slow maintenance updates.
And the biggest question is, why don't you make a cross-compiler like TypeScript or Dart ?
Don't you know that the day you release a cross-compiler, the simplest one (without including all the default packages), you'll have immediately hundreds of thousands (even millions) of people which will start developing with it.
We know you have many good reasons. But we just need that you share your thoughts with the community.
Thank you all for your hard work.
I do realize that the roadmap is out of date. I'll try and fix that soon. In the meantime, I recommend listening to a couple of recent Flash Online Conferences that were held this year. In them we talk about our roadmap, recent features, and additional 3rd party framework improvements.
hi Baris. In fact you know the answers right ? just let it go.
You have the biggest user base. You have one of the biggest developper community of the Internet. You have all the keys and the intelligence to just kill Dart or Typescript in months. You should make the actionscript cross-compiler.
What do you think Chris, perhaps it's so late and we should just let it go ?