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Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. His business interests include a diverse range of industries from manufacturing to property to technology. As a technology commentator he has a broad presence both in the traditional media and extensively online. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

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4 responses to “I’ve Seen The Future and It’s Flex”

  1. barnaclebarnes

    And then there are the downsides…

    - You can’t increase the font size (bad for those with poor eyesight)
    - It takes ages to load (just check out my.airnz.co.nz)
    - You can’t copy and past text – So if you want to say, copy the text or url’s from one of the links you can’t.
    - Some designers use it as an excuse to go crazy/wacky/zany.

    So yes, Flex/Flash can be used to good effect when used in the right situations and in the right proportion but the downsides are there. Be warned.

  2. Ben Kepes

    Fair call – but at least you would have appreciated the Muttonbirds vid…..
    ;-)

  3. chris Jangelov

    Slightly off topic but I just have to make sure you know about Steven Frys site. He has some wonderful podgrams that will be like balm to your ears.
    http://www.stephenfry.com/media/

  4. robo

    - You can develop applications that allow the user to change font size but you do have to code specifically for this.
    - The FlexiTime payroll application takes 3 seconds to download with my standard broadband onnection. From that point onwards the only comms is data – not web pages. Compare this to the time to load each page as you work through a traditional web app.
    - You can copy and paste text, and links!
    - Any language can have bad designers going wacky.