If you’ll put in the pressure they will Flex

I have written before about my previous working place and how I’ve desperately tried to convince my superiors over there to make the move to Flash/Flex instead of our homebrew Active-x. Back then my CTO rudely dismissed the idea every time it came up.

More then two years after I’ve written this article, he (the CTO) was let go, and the company decided to make the move to Flash. I was no longer working there, but, it became a live or die situation for the company. It might seems that the CTO was the main blockage for this move but he wasn’t the only one. Almost anyone that had an opinion was against Flash. I remember my team leader determining repeatedly “It will never be Flash”. How about some hat eating, if you got any hats left ;)

It might sounds like I’m breaking even with them in this post, and it’s a somewhat true, but I still care for their success and do still keep in touch with most of them and help when I can. It’s just annoys me that people can be so short sighted sometimes.

Anyway, they are currently in an advanced phase of the development, rewriting the homebrew active-x functionalities in Actionscript 3.0. They use the Flex 2 editor although they use little to none of the Flex 2 framework.

Though it saddens me a little, that it was such a painful process for them to turn to the right path and also that I didn’t get to develop this cool Flash product by myself. I believe that I have set the foundation for this move, brightening on the capabilities of AS3 and the Flash VM2 and how it can switch the active-x. So I do feel comforted by the fact that they managed to do it, even if it’s in the 11th hour.

These days I work for jajah, which though it is a larger company, it is still much more younger and dynamic. But still, I encounter some of the same ignorance regarding Flash and non Microsoft technologies. While the use of Flash/Flex isn’t something that is life changing for jajah, yet. We can use it in a lot of places to improve our products. We recently released the Jajah Flash widget and currently working on some Flex stuff.

I still, from time to time hear the same old cliche, “How is your Macromedia/Adobe stocks are doing?”. The fact is that I’ve never had any Adobe stocks, the fact is that I’ve never argued for the use of Flash when it wasn’t simply the best or the only solution. When their will be any alternatives then we’ll see. Since then – Open your eyes, be flexible!

I will present my previous company cool new, Flash driven, product and all of the details, in here, ASAP.

5 thoughts on “If you’ll put in the pressure they will Flex

  1. the same argument will eventually arise from Adobe/MACR ppl in regards to Silverlight. Narrow minded people scared of their own ignorance is everywhere.

    to be honest, your former bosses should be shot. They allowed a culture of ignorance and teratorialism to thrive. Fear of the unknown, and of employees resting on their skill sets is dangerous and your former bosses are to blame for not helping the CTO to break out of his bias and expand his horizons (and helping him keep current in new technology) – see how the other half live. The CTO sounds like merely a symptom, not the root cause. I can only imagine what the CTO’s take on AIR was…

    but the key, as you said, is to be flexable. And agile to change. *That’s* how businesses thrive.

    One of the reasons I deliberately switched to being a Mac user a couple of years ago was that I saw the way the wind was blowing about cross-platform. I started out as a VB5/6 and then ASP/ASP.NET programmer. Nothing makes a more pertinent point than trying to use a lock-in platform on a rival setup.

    “How is your Macromedia/Adobe stocks are doing?”

    I get the same argument being an Adobe user group manager, but I’m doing so because I’m backing a winner. The technology (Flex/AIR and by association, ColdFusion) is the reason I support it, not the other way around. if it were rubbish, I wouldn’t waste my energies.

    while I believe that standing still is actually going backwards, I’m the first to admit disappearing down every rabbit hole chasing the next shiny thing is also a recipe to failure. But that’s where an open mind and dialog come in. Out of 10 choices there may be nine losers, but there’s one winner in there somewhere.

    eh my 2c.

    cheers
    barry.b

  2. I wouldn’t want them to be shot, they’re good ppl, a little stiff but still good :D
    Agree with every thing else, though.
    “standing still is actually going backwards”

  3. I hear you. Fl[ex][ash] haters will stop railing when people finally acknowledge the ease of maintaining a properly designed Flex application. You’re in a good place, enjoy it.

  4. Hi,
    I encountered the same problem at my previously job.
    Now I am developing with Flex. And my boss is happy. mE too :)

    PS: I am using Microsoft .NET technology for server side coding… I think this is a great combination Flex+C#(on server side with Fluorine)

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