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HTML5 and Flash Use Cases: Agree or Disagree?

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I thought about doing an article about this a while back but a few weeks after Adobe MAX, there is already a codification article on when to use HTML5 and when you should still use Flash.  The article also recommends when you should write native platform code.  Here's a summary for you to reflect on:

HTML5 beats Flash at:

  • Typical Business Applications
  • Accessability
  • SEO
  • General websites
  • Companion apps (accompanying popular desktop apps, movies, TV shows and games)
  • Branded Microsites

Flash still beats HTML5 at:

  • High-End entertainment
  • Advanced 3D gaming
  • Long-form video playback
  • Content requiring DRM
  • Faster time-to-market and ROI
  • Leveraging OOP

When you should write native code:

  • For high performance
  • Getting a consistent look-and-feel with the platform



Personally, I disagree that you have to go native to get a consistent look and feel.  Appcelerator's Titanium and PhoneGap can actually make apps build with native web languages look pretty consistent on various mobile platforms.

Source - Darryl Taft, eWeek

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