I got into multimedia development and animation in HyperCard. Then I started building websites, and I always wondered why there wasn’t a way to just put a HyperCard stack on a website. Then I found Flash, and the world changed. No more cross-browser testing. No more table based layouts. No more single pixel spacer gifs to achieve pixel perfect layout. I could develop content that went beyond a static site and became an experience.
Sure, Adobe screwed up. Many times. But the technology was strong and defined an era of the web.
I miss the community, most of all. I’ve never been in a community that was more respectful of peers. Because of Flash, I have a giant family full of amazing, creative people. I wouldn’t trade my time as a Flash developer for anything.