required reading

Here is required reading for everyone wanting to hack on Swfdec. It’s a nice 280-page introduction on the topic. Go Adobe for publishing it. Keep up the good work.

I think it’s a smart move of Adobe to try to go a more open way in pushing Flash (and its successor AIR) in the embedded context. After all, there’s at least three competitors in the new browser wars about “rich content”: Adobe, Microsoft and the W3C. But then, my previous statements about the topic are still relevant I think.

Update: Since lots of people asked: I don’t expect this will effect Swfdec very much.


#1 Rahul Sundaram on 05.01.08 at 13:59

Does this include a patent grant or license?

#2 Joe Buck on 05.01.08 at 16:14

You write “I don’t expect this will affect Swfdec very much”, and the link says you say that because you already have the information. But I think you’re underestimating the effect. Programmers who work in litigious countries (like the US) will feel much more confident now that they can help swfdec without legal risk, and there’s a real spec, instead of reverse-engineered one, to test against.

#3 Christopher on 05.01.08 at 23:30

They’ve released the FLV specs, but are they releasing the RTMP protocol information at all?