I thought I would share some of my observations since using Hype (compared to the Flash).
Flash had to die for many reasons and one of them was also it’s core benefits. I’d provided a unifying plugin and therefore environment to run in. I loved it as I could just forget about browser wars and platform specific implementation details back in the end-90’ties. Hype also provides a runtime with workarounds that offer a more coherent experience. This I do love about it.
But why did Flash have to die and what is the risk for Hype. Both systems invented their own little world and API and drive the user into a little parallel world/cave. Hype has a more open nature then Flash had as it runs on to of the regular web technologies and can potentially interact with the rest of the content living on the page. But still … Hype (and so was Flash) are the innovative solutions for shortcomings of a slow evolving and complicated stack of web technologies …although these technologies start to include many of the features that these tools deliver into the browser stack itself.
We are certainly not there and the tech still can profit from a interface to “click it together” rather then having to hand code it but the abstraction from the bare browser can potential become thiner and thiner over time.
I love the way Hype solves problems for me but am very aware of the shortcoming that a single system introduces. Since more then a decade I am not putting my eggs all in one basket anymore. I’d wish the little parallel world these systems (like Hype and Flash) introduce would be more native and educational to the actual functions of the browser technologies. Although I must hand it to Hype that at least it is opener to and based on the web stack and the single point of failure a product like that present would be less dramatic … It was pretty devastating last time waking up on that sinking Actionscript boat with that burning Flash-Banner on it’s sail after captain Adobe drove straight into an iceberg a couple of years ago.
“Darling, where have all the Flash developers gone?”.