Flash On Your iPhone, Right Now

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Got your iPhone ready? Great.

Go here. See the pretty animation. You just got Flash on your iPhone.

And people said it would never happen.

Thing is, it didn’t really happen. At least, not in the traditional sense. What you just saw was Gordon in action. It’s an open source Flash runtime written in JavaScript, written by Tobias Schneider. Flash doesn’t work on iPhones, but JavaScript? That’s no problem at all.

Interaction designer Paul Irish has been good enough to host some demos of Gordon in action.

Now, most of you will know that I’m no developer. I have only the vaguest idea what a Flash runtime is – a friend of mine just described it as “a thing to heat up your laptop and make the fan spin,” which is a perfect summary for a simpleton like me.

But hey, it’s Flash of a sort, working on an iPhone. And that’s, you know, a Thing. I thought you might like to know.

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Giles TurnbullGiles Turnbull is a freelance writer in England. He also writes for the Press Association and The Morning News. You can find out more at his website, and follow him on Twitter @gilest.

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