Last year each and every AJAX article was mentioning Google maps application. I see a similar pattern with Flex, but this time I’m getting a little bit sick of photo/image viewer applications. Pikeo is a recent addition to the happy FFF-family (Flex-Flash-Flickr). While there is nothing wrong with any of these photo applications, the fact that industry analysts keep using them as good examples of Flex applications gives people the wrong perception that this is what Flash/Flex are for.
Flash enjoys 98% penetration, but if you ask 99% of people who have it installed, they’ll tell you that Flash is for playing animations. The irony is that my own son has been graduated this year majoring in traditional animation, and he uses Flash exactly for creating animations. Lots and lots of people keep thinking that Flash is a tool for creating flashy but annoying intro pages for Web sites.
I personally belong to a tiny group of enterprise developers who are lucky enough to make a living by working on enterprise applications using Flex. But where is the job market for Flex developers? After a year of drumbeat, go to Dice.com. How many job opening do you find for Adobe Flex in your area? Three? Five? A dozen? You know why? Because IT development managers are STILL under impression that Flex/Flash is for creating applications that can keep their family photo-albums in order.
Dear Adobe technical evangelists, please create a serious Web site that would list case studies of BUSINESS applications written in Flex. Let’s evolve from the phase “Flex is Cool” to “Flex is Real”.