Sorry, guys, but I just don't see why the content is somehow corrupted or limited by deployment on the Flash platform. The FlashPlayer implements a virtual machine that is customized by Adobe to run on various hardware and OSs. They're extending it now to ARM-processor-based devices (cell phones). The concept is write-once-run-everywhere. The FlashPlayer runs inside browsers or stand-alone (AIR). The programming language it supports (ActionScript) is now a very capable language, has libraries (both free and not-free) for lots of goodies including very rich graphical interfaces, has a powerful declarative xml-based language (Flex MXML) for building the interfaces and binding data to them, has an open-source free-to-use (from Adobe) compiler, has a free-open-source IDE (FlashDevelop) from a community, has a superb IDE from Adobe that only costs $249 for the standard version which includes a visual drag-and-drop design view mode as well as text mode of programming and lots of features lacking in the FOSS FlashDevelop, etc.
One can program and run Flash programs with free-to-use software. I know of a very capable interactive web site (www.vyew.com, try the demo and see) that runs extremely nicely and was built with the open source IDE. Vyew.com runs on my XO, but I had to install the "Teapot" distribution of Xubuntu on an SD card and run Firefox with FlashPlayer plugin. It runs an interactive whiteboard plus 2-way video and audio on my little XO-1, and it supports plug-in extensions that users can build. If the Vyew developers can do this with free tools, why can't the OLPC community use Flash as a platform? So, please explain why "constructionist" educational models can't be programmed and run on the Flash platform just as well or better than in Python on Sugar on Fedora. On Mon, Apr 12, 2010 at 8:31 AM, James Zaki <james.z...@gmail.com> wrote: > I'm guilty of spending more time than I probably should at newgrounds.com, > their slogan being "Everything, by Everyone". > Its a melting pot of free content, and what really impresses me are the > absolute gems of creativity that one finds from time to time. > > I dont see flash as the main XO education content maker, but can see the > argument for popularity in the short term. > > James. > > > > 2010/4/12 John Watlington <w...@laptop.org> > > >> On Apr 11, 2010, at 8:56 PM, James Cameron wrote: >> >> > On Sun, Apr 11, 2010 at 08:51:01PM -0400, Martin Langhoff wrote: >> >> But hey. Flash developers want Flash in it. It's gotta be good for >> >> something. >> > >> > My guess is that it is handy for repurposing the system for >> > entertainment usage. (I don't have Flash enabled on my systems, so I >> > don't really know what I'm missing). >> >> It's all the rage for games these days. My kids constantly astound >> me with the rendering quality and interactiveness of flash games that >> they are able to find for free on the web. >> >> Deployments that have asked for Flash also point to games as the reason. >> >> wad >> >> _______________________________________________ >> Devel mailing list >> Devel@lists.laptop.org >> http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/devel >> > > > _______________________________________________ > Devel mailing list > Devel@lists.laptop.org > http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/devel > >
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