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Nov. 28th, 2005 | 12:32 pm

Nah, this isn't about MXML. I'm referring to the new programmable graphics support in Firefox 1.5 and Safari based on a new HTML element called Canvas. Benjamin Joffe has written a little 3D game that utilises Canvas for its graphics. The best part? You can right-click and say "View Source" to see how it works!

Where does this leave Flash? Well, Flash has fairly advanced graphics capabilities (like filters, bitmap caching, and video). Flash 8.5 also includes a new object-oriented programming language based on the ECMAScript 4 proposal. The graphics engine popular for online games and annoying "spank the monkey" ads has now evolved into a full-fledged application development platform. At this point, I think HTML Canvas can take over Flash's former role :)

By the way, I'd love to see a "View Source" feature in Flex.

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