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iPhone DevCamp

I'm certainly in no hurry for Flash to invade my iPhone

Dylan Schiemann's Blog

The iPhone DevCamp begins Friday night. I won’t be able to attend, though we’ll be sending Jason Cline to the event to represent SitePen. We’ve been blogging quite a bit about the iPhone on the SitePen blog, and running a lot of tests to find out all of the various things that don’t work on the current Safari version found on the iPhone.

The event is being hosted by Adobe, which is a bit ironic given their interest in Flash and the absence of Flash on the iPhone. Today there was a rumor that Flash would be coming soon for the iPhone, but this seems like a rather surprising development if it is true for the following reasons:

  • YouTube has spent significant effort converting videos to H.264 in its partnership with Apple
  • Flash Lite (pronounced flashlight ;) ), found on the Nokia Series 60 phones that run WebCore (a subset of WebKit/Safari), is not exactly the full-featured flash that is common on the desktop web
  • Flash is relatively slow on OS X on the desktop relative to Windows

I’m not saying we’ll never see Flash on the iPhone, just that those saying it is coming very soon are rather wishful in their thinking. I’m certainly in no hurry for Flash to invade my iPhone.

More Stories By Dylan Schiemann

Dylan Schiemann, CEO, SitePen Inc., co-creator of Dojo Toolkit

It all started in 1999 when Dylan dropped out of the PhD program at UCLA and left the fascinating world of statistics of shear-induced rearrangements in a two-dimensional model foam and the accumulation of glucosaminyl(acyl)phosphatidylinositol in an S3 HeLa subline expressing normal dolicholphosphomannose synthase activity to refocus his efforts on the future of the web. As CEO of SitePen and co-founder of the Dojo Toolkit, Dylan is best known for building web applications that make use of JavaScript/Ajax, Dojo, and other standard web development technologies. He has helped develop web apps for companies including Renkoo, Informatica, Security FrameWorks, and Vizional Technologies.

Dylan is an avid Oakland A's fan, a lover of the hammer throw, devoted husband, father to three obnoxious dogs and resides on JetBlue Airways.

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