I won’t even pretend to know what all Flash programmers want or need for Christmas, health but thinking about it has made me realize how ready I am for something new.
Don’t get me wrong: I think Macromedia has made a fantastic product of Flash, and I really don’t have any complaints other than the usual nits. But still, there is a new year dawning…
For myself, I’d like to see more activity in the world of open-source Flash development. OSFlash has nurtured some pretty amazing projects this year (If you haven’t checked them out, you owe it to yourself!), but I’d love to see an alternative to the Flash IDE itself — an open-source tool for the creation of any SWF content. No offense to Macrom… um, I mean, Adobe, of course: I think one reason we still lack a third-party development platform is because Macromedia did such a fantastic job in creating the original Flash itself. But as the SWF format has been open for some time now, it surprises me there are still no open IDEs for Linux and other platforms.
I don’t think it’s any secret I’m a fan of open-source software, but bear me out.
With Sephiroth’s SE|PY for script editing and MTASC for compiling, it seems we’re only a little way off from a full authoring environment now. Add Screenweaver programming interfaces and functionality, and we’re closing in on a RAD desktop application creation technology that can’t be beat. (Granted, we can do it all today; it’s just a little clunky. My new year’s wish would be to have it all integrated and shiny, just like Mother Macromedia would have done.)
So… what do you want for Christmas?