Why Flex breaks the Web

UPDATED APR 2008

Too many people around evangelizing Flex… far too many :-/ “Adobe Flex is an umbrella term for a group of technologies initially released in March of 2004 by Macromedia to support the development and deployment of rich Internet applications based on their proprietary Macromedia Flash platform.” – from wikipedia

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13 thoughts on “Why Flex breaks the Web

  1. Sounds like a disgruntled AJAX evangelist. Flex is fifty years ahead of AJAX implementations. I agree that sometimes Flex can be overused, but it is one of the biggest steps forward in forever. And “Flex breaks the web”??? For any HTML/CSS site I have to preview in 4 browsers just to be sure it works. Flex is the same on every browser. Sounds like HTML/CSS is broken to me.

  2. Let us examine some of your points:

    “Sounds like a disgruntled AJAX evangelist.”

    Not really… I would wish for a better Flex since it would solve many of my daily problems.

    “Flex is fifty years ahead of AJAX implementations.”

    It is a proprietary “ball of mud” trying to survive in an open source world.

    “…one of the biggest steps forward in forever”

    🙂

    “For any HTML/CSS site I have to preview in 4 browsers just to be sure it works.”

    That is inherent of using various implementations (browsers) of a published standard (HTML/CSS). Everything moves towards that direction. Standards are goooood!

    “Sounds like HTML/CSS is broken to me.”

    Are you an AOL customers..? (sorry I couldn’t help my self)

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  4. Hmm, maybe I’m missing something here… the reason “Why Flex breaks the Web” is because “Too many people around evangelizing Flex… far too many”?

    I’m in Safari right now, and don’t always see pages as others do… was there something else to this essay that I missed…?

    Oh no, I see! I have to click a little JPEG to make it big enough to read, is that the way this works? Is there any way I can copy the text in this JPEG essay, can it be searched, does it respect different device sizes, what do you do for accessibility, and wait, let me try the browser’s Back button again…. 😉

    jd/adobe

  5. Hi Jonh and thank you for your comment. I appreciate the feedback!

    "Hmm, maybe I’m missing something here… the reason ‘Why Flex breaks the Web’ is because ‘Too many people around evangelizing Flex… far too many’?"

    Well actually… yes! It’s a fact of life that the number of people talking about a subject is in inverse proportion to the percentage of people that actually have a clue about what they are talking (buzz-effect). You can see for yourself that most of the people out there talking about flex have never developed using it or are AJAX illiterate. It also shows how a big company like Adobe, having the necessary marketing resources, can influence/manipulate the market.

    "I’m in Safari right now, and don’t always see pages as others do"

    First of all I would like to point out that you had a *choice*. Your OS gave you the choice to use the built-in browser or install Firefox or Opera or whatever is out there. One of the things I dislike on Flash GUIs is that they limit your choices when it comes to browsing/navigating, as I will explain further down.

    "Oh no, I see! I have to click a little JPEG to make it big enough to read, is that the way this works?"

    Yes John, when you click on a thumbnail it gets bigger. That is the expected behaviour of a thumbnail for the last decade (at least). What about "expected behaviour" in Flash GUIs..?

    "Is there any way I can copy the text in this JPEG essay, can it be searched,"

    No since it is a "standard" mind map that I created for my convenience. Not all hypermedia are required to be searchable. Should I have any remorse if I publish a UML diagram in the future?

    On the other hand there is no reason at all for adobe to abuse flash/flex for the simplest GUIs. Why should I wrestle with the GUI every time I visit Dreamweaver Exchange..?

    "does it respect different device sizes"

    If you have time I would suggest you to visit the " More about me…" page on this blog, to see that most of my academic publication are in the area of hypermedia multichannel access. Although this area was rising some years ago, the fact that the economic model that supports it is weak, has lead the whole movement to a standstill.

    With the above in mind and the fact that I use a free service like WordPress where I have limited access to the design elements of a page, it is obvious that the best I can do is design for the common fixed workstation.

    "what do you do for accessibility"

    Plz. see above…

    "and wait, let me try the browser’s Back button"

    Guess what, using standard technology… you can! Everything works ok if you press the ‘Back’ button. Also you can choose to:

    * View just the thumbnail or

    * Open the image on a new page/tab or

    * Save (just) the image or

    * Link from your blog directly to the image or

    * Print the page or

    * Print only the image

    * ….

    * ….

    * ….

    YOU HAVE *CHOICES*

    cheers john!

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  7. A: Flex makes a much better printable site that most Ajax.
    B: It’s not Flex’ fault that people misuse it.
    C: Flex is unusable for games and commercials, it’s a UI tool.
    D: The Flex SDK is open source.
    E: You clearly have no idea what Flex is.

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  9. @ Dennis Krøger:

    A: Making good printable versions of pages that interact asynchronously with the server is a black art, both for Flex and AJAX. Please bear in mind that many applications that use Flex do not use this paradigm. In these cases the use of plain old HTML/CSS/JavaScript would have resulted in pages that could be made available for printing either by:
    * the browser inherent mechanisms and CSS for print media
    * with a little JavaScript magic
    *even by just copying the information you need and pasting it to a text file or document

    B: IMHO the Flex paradigm is innately wrong, as I explain in the mindmap. Besides that I must agree with you that there are several cases that people abuse it to the point that it becomes even worst.

    C: Oookey

    D: Please look again at the updated mindmap.

    E: What ever you say Dennis 🙂

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