Tuesday, December 16, 2008

ActionScript on the server

Recently I was visiting the Adobe MAX conference in Milan.

I like Adobe for various reasons. But like with everything there are positive and not so positive sides to a story. Also with Adobe.

The thing is that Adobe was actually very proudly presenting a killer feature: ActionScript for your business logic on the server (using ColdFusion). In Adobe's opinion it is a major advantage that all those front-end developers can now finally code all your vital business logic in ActionScript.
Of course, it is a major step forward compared to all the ColdFusion XML logic that Adobe has thrown in the market already. ;-)

I mostly found it funny. But I've been wrong in the past, and perhaps ActionScript on the server will take off anyway. It may actually replace some of the PHP and other scripted back-ends, and in that sense it is not too bad if you think about it. Also, ActionScript 3 has all the OOP elements you need and in that sense is very well maintainable (my team is proving it with a large application as we speak). So also this story has two sides.

But still: sorry Adobe. ;-)

Adobe is doing a lot of great things right now that I will blog about in the near future for sure.

Take care,
Klaas

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