TechniqueNW 10

Posted by Stuart Herbert on January 31st, 2010 in Training.

Whilst everyone else was over at PHP Benelux 10 (which sounded like a great conference according to the Twitter feedback!), I was up in Morecambe, at the Technique|NorthWest training event organised by Northwest Vision and Media and run by The White Room. A huge thanks to Paul Collins for inviting me up at the last minute to run the PHP workshop on the Saturday, and I’d love to be involved in further events like this.

I had a great time at the event, and I was delighted to see how the North West of England is trying to build and support a digital economy, instead of simply leaving it to chance. If only South Wales had such an initiative!

Perhaps the most interesting thing I took from the weekend was the large disconnect between the people who attended and many of my friends on Twitter. If you listen to the Twitterarti, you’d think that Adobe Flash is a technology that has run its course and is now in terminal decline (mostly because the iPhone and iPad do not support it, plus Adobe not seen as exactly a bastion of innovation these days). And yet, by far the most popular workshop at Technique|NorthWest was the Flash workshop. To these people, Flash is not only still relevant, but in their industry it is still the only real option for delivering online advertising campaigns.

Food for thought.

PS: I also took some photos of Morecambe before the Saturday workshops started.

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    January 31st, 2010 at 7:55 pm

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  3. Tim Dobson says:
    January 31st, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Interesting commentary.

    You’re quite diplomatic there!

    One way of looking at it, probably quite a controversial one, might be that NWV&M are helping to prop up a dead/dying technology…

    On the other hand, is it possible that your twitter friends are living in an idealistic world…

    You are right when you suggest this is food for thought. From my perspective though, this sort of reaction would be consistent with flash’s last days:

    *the flash dev business doesn’t go so well
    *the flash devs take a gov-sponsored training weekend
    *at training weekend flash is what people are familiar with; they feel most comfortable in flash workshop
    *the devs who arent using a struggling technology stride on without going to training weekend…

    Perhaps that’s not the way it is, but you are right when you say it’s food for thought!

  4. Tim Dobson says:
    January 31st, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Interesting commentary.

    You’re quite diplomatic there!

    One way of looking at it, probably quite a controversial one, might be that NWV&M are helping to prop up a dead/dying technology…

    On the other hand, is it possible that your twitter friends are living in an idealistic world…

    You are right when you suggest this is food for thought. From my perspective though, this sort of reaction would be consistent with flash’s last days:

    *the flash dev business doesn’t go so well
    *the flash devs take a gov-sponsored training weekend
    *at training weekend flash is what people are familiar with; they feel most comfortable in flash workshop
    *the devs who arent using a struggling technology stride on without going to training weekend…

    Perhaps that’s not the way it is, but you are right when you say it’s food for thought!

  5. Oliver says:
    February 1st, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    I’m no fan of flash, but I wouldn’t call it a dead technology. Have a look at flex, you can do some amazing things with it.
    Apple might not support flash, but it’ll come to the Pre and to Android, and that might be more important in the long run.
    I’d say that as long as Microsoft doesn’t support HTML5 the way e.g. Chrome or Safari does, there’s no way around flash for most users.

  6. Oliver says:
    February 1st, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    I’m no fan of flash, but I wouldn’t call it a dead technology. Have a look at flex, you can do some amazing things with it.
    Apple might not support flash, but it’ll come to the Pre and to Android, and that might be more important in the long run.
    I’d say that as long as Microsoft doesn’t support HTML5 the way e.g. Chrome or Safari does, there’s no way around flash for most users.

  7. Carwyn Balch says:
    May 13th, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Flash is in no way dead, the advertising and media markets heavily depend on banners, presentation websites with the “wow factor”, It would be difficult to expect the media to disappear over 5 to 10 years, To have no backward support for the iPad will not affect its consumption by the unwashed masses, however may irritate some iPad users.

    If only South Wales had such an initiative! (idd).

    http://phpcardiff.org/ is a Group modelled on the phpLondon pubConf, we are just cobbling together the temporary executive committee in order to hold elections in September, Our first meet-up will be on the 3rd of June.

  8. Carwyn Balch says:
    May 13th, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Flash is in no way dead, the advertising and media markets heavily depend on banners, presentation websites with the “wow factor”, It would be difficult to expect the media to disappear over 5 to 10 years, To have no backward support for the iPad will not affect its consumption by the unwashed masses, however may irritate some iPad users.

    If only South Wales had such an initiative! (idd).

    http://phpcardiff.org/ is a Group modelled on the phpLondon pubConf, we are just cobbling together the temporary executive committee in order to hold elections in September, Our first meet-up will be on the 3rd of June.

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    July 2nd, 2010 at 8:03 pm

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