Flash was the future.
Craig Swann
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The old-school Flash in me sees a lot of similarities nowadays with the way kids-these-days build a webpacked app — instead of a Flash library of symbols and components, there’s an ever-growing node-modules directory full of JavaScripts and who-knows-what. IMHO, a pretty straight line (quadratic Bezier, of course) can be drawn from the timeline and stage of yesteryear to the Single Page App and asynchronous loaders of today. Brings a tear to my eye.

Unfortunately, I see the same kids-these-days suffer the same pratfalls of not learning the old-school ropes until its far too late, like how to take advantage of an ample supply of native elements (HTML5 <aside> anyone?) before blasting-out the web components and custom elements for no better reason than because you can. They’ll learn, I suppose, when after a few years roll bye how all that custom crap just becomes chains around your ankles, but hey, they’ll have their day too when in 2030 they’ll talk of the olden days when they learned how to do everything right.

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