Flash Integration & Advanced ActionScript

Flash came to prominience in the mid '90s as a way of creating animations within a web page.

Then a powerful programming language, called ActionScript was added to Flash, opening up lots of interesting possibilities for web developers. By 2000 or so, Flash had become the most popular way of providing a richer experience within a web page.

Codeface has had a long and happy relationship with Flash. Establishing ourselves early on as experts in ActionScript coding, we taught training courses in Advanced ActionScript as well as helping our clients troubleshoot and enhance complex Flash movies.

Since then we've implemented the ActionScript for dozens of games, puzzles and other fun and informative Flash productions.

These days, we're often asked by design agencies to glue together their beautiful Flash designs with server-side database code.

Once a Flash movie is teamed up with some suitable code on the web server, the possibilities really are endless, for example:

The future of Flash

Flash is likely to be around for some years to come. It'll be interesting to see whether the arrival of HTML5 will make a dent in the popularity of Flash. Apple have famously not allowed Flash on the iPhone and iPad, claiming that Flash is a 'closed' system and they want to support open standards (like HTML5).

As developers who favour open-source technology and open standards, Codeface has some sympathy with this argument.

But for some time to come - at least until HTML5 is widely and consistently supported across all the major browsers - Flash is likely to remain an essential tool on the web designer's belt (and the truth is, we really quite like Flash - sorry Mr Jobs!). So if you've got some whizzy Flash that needs some complicated ActionScripting or server side code, get in touch with us at our Brighton office!


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