Hi there Newgrounds,
I've got an interesting question to ask of you all out there. But first, let's get some back-story:
Recently, a good friend and I were having a little chat about computers, computer engineering, programming, software development, etc. My friend is, as you may have guessed, a programmer, like myself. His main interests lie in desktop application development, most of which he uses C++ for; and as for my development, I use AS3. So we got into the topic of Flash and AS3, and at this point, he began to tell me that its not a good idea to continue using Flash. I asked him why, and he basically said that he believes Flash and Actionscript will be dead in the near future and replaced by HTML5. We then began a long conversation on the positives and negatives of Flash and Actionscript, and a comparison to HTML5.
The end of this conversation resulted in each of us standing behind our own opinions of Flash.
He believes that HTML5 will completely overtake Flash, and that Flash and Actionscript will die out eventually.
I personally believe that Flash can not survive as a $699.99 USD IDE, however, the technology of Actionscript can and will survive in a more open-source medium.
I am also aware of the new features being launched in Adobe Creative Suite 5.5, a refresh built in order to gear towards developers.
The new Creative Suite will somehow integrate HTML5 into development, and the new Flash IDE will have publishing options for Android, Blackberry, and iOS.
So, my question to you Newgrounds, is, what do you think the future holds for Flash and AS technology?
I'd love to see some interesting points of view on this.