Flash Versus Jquery In Website Development

Computer languages are just as important in today’s world as spoken languages. From its time of inception it has evolved to what it is today, few codes on which the whole gamut of the web world is rotating. Two such popular applications are the jQuery and the Adobe Flash.

jQuery is a new type of fast and concise JavaScript library which emphasises the interaction between JavaScripts and HTML, whereas Flash is a multimedia platform which can control vector and raster graphics and even support bidirectional streaming of audio and video. The usability of these two applications helped to create popular animation and interactivity to a plain and simple webpage, that was not possible before. There are various other interesting things that one can do with these two applications, which is slowly taking over the world.

Since its introduction in the year 1996, Adobe Flash became quite a popular method of adding animation and different types of interactivity to the web pages. With the help of its scripting language called the ActionScript, Flash took animation to a different level altogether. Then in the year 2006, jQuery came into being and became the most popular JavaScript to be used by the web developers. Designed to make navigation round a document easier and faster, jQuery allows the user to very efficiently find and manipulate HTML elements with minimum lines of codes. Even though it isn’t known to be the best solution for 3-D and vector based graphics, the versatility of jQuery is truly quite astounding making it a much better alternative to Flash.

In case of Flash, some of the plus points include its extensive features, 3D capabilities, unfailing appearance in supported browsers, built-in User Interface and other features, supporting vector artworks, lots of font options and off course many free and commercial tools are also available here. Whereas in jQuery, the file size is relatively much smaller, there are numerous free professional quality programs that one can use, one can add various types of interactivity to the webpage elements and its tags and its compatibility is much higher compared with that of Flash, which includes iPhone, cell phones, PS3 and PSP.

It is thus very important to know when to use either of these two applications versus each other. While creating a Slide Show, Form Validation, Drop-down Menus, Tabbed Panels, Pop-ups & Tool-tips, and Expandable & Collapsible Elements it is ideal to use jQuery. Again when working with Video or Audio Player, complex Animations, 3Ds and other forms of complex Multimedia, using Adobe Flash is the best. With more and more different types of plug-ins becoming available, its best to know up front what you are trying to achieve and then evaluating both the technologies before using one.

With the internet on the roll, developers are coming out with new and new technologies everyday which provides more and more different alternatives and options for the users to get acquainted with and use them to its maximum capabilities.

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Published on 16/03/2010

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