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The Flash Era (Early 2000s)
The early 2000s marked my deep dive into the Flash era, where I explored the limits of web creativity through rich animations and complex interfaces powered by ActionScript. Flash was a beacon of innovation, offering immersive experiences previously unimaginable on the web. Yet, as time passed, the drawbacks of this proprietary technology—performance issues, accessibility gaps—became increasingly apparent, prompting my search for alternatives.
The Post-Flash Era and the Modern Web (2005 Onwards)
After Flash, the web seemed to take a step backward. The richness and interactivity that were once commonplace seemed diminished as we transitioned away from proprietary plugins. However, the advent of Ajax in the mid-2000s felt like another revolution. Smooth, partial page updates without full refreshes opened new possibilities for web applications—collaboration tools, dynamic calendars, voting platforms—and I embraced this technology wholeheartedly.
This democratization of web development allowed for a broader range of creators to contribute to the web's evolution.
Decades into this field, I've witnessed numerous hype cycles and technological shifts. Yet, the essence of web development remains constant: a dynamic field that continually challenges and inspires. The evolution from basic HTML to sophisticated frameworks has lowered barriers to performance, capability, and accessibility, making the web a richer, more inclusive space.