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Reduce battery usage by controlling Flash in Safari
Authored by: nickull on Jul 07, '08 04:05:40PM

Agree. Like any technology, it can be used for good or evil, written elegantly and efficiently or produced in steaming piles of butt-ugly code. I have seen some really bad flash coding but this is not unique to flash. One can also create abusive HTML, AJAX or even graphics. One guy once made a JPG by creating an HTML table that loaded individual pixels of different colors. <belch>!!

Unfortunately, there is no real way to avoid people doing bad things. My group (Adobe Evangelism) really tries hard to promote proper code practices and usage of the Flex Profiler so developers can see what memory they are consuming. We have tons of workshops for people to share (not just Flash but HTML, Cold Fusion, PDF, CSS, and just about every other standard.

I think the base of the problem is that the tools make it so easy to create Flash sites now that people who haven't taken the time to understand how the Flash player works at runtime are just doing stuff the way they can get it done and not optimizing the code. I'm guilty of this. Seems like an optimization suggestion tool for multiple technologies would make a lot of sense. Sometimes the issue is caused by sites that also use combinations of technologies or have too much remote loading etc too.

Duane



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