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My take on Steve Job's war on Flash

I posted these thoughts on the tech media exchange listserv. Here is a copy of my opinion for the people who are not on that list:

Apple is shooting themselves in the foot by being picky about the way things are built for their platform. Flash after all is just an interpreted language that happens to have great tools and a following. What if someone likes Ruby, Python or Java??

Apple is notorious for making the life of developers harder then it should be, in the end they end up losing mind share.

Lesson from their last rise and fail - at a certain point you need to let go or forever be an appliance. They didn't want to let people develop native iPhone apps, but AppStore happened when they finally caved in. You'd think they would learn....

While I am an iPhone user I think sooner or later a combination of open source, tool flexibility and language choice is going to give room to another competitor. Wait it already has - enter Android.
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