jQTouch and why the iPhone doesn’t need flashPosted: April 12, 2010
The coolest thing I know about right now is [jQTouch](http://www.jqtouch.com/), a jQuery framework for implementing mobile web apps. I first saw this at SXSW when its creator showed it off to a crowd that had just finished watching a demo of how to build iPhone apps in Objective-C. Which each step of his demo, the crowd in the room literally cheered as they saw how jaw-droppingly simple building slick iPhone apps just became.
So while you perhaps marvel at how amazing jQTouch is, let me bring this back to something that makes this framework so relevant in light of the recent hullabaloo associated with [Apple’s changes to its SDK Agreement](http://daringfireball.net/2010/04/why_apple_changed_section_331) which essentially forbids the use of flash enabled apps on the iPhone and iPad.
## Flash is a Shim
I would prefer to say “Flash is a hack,” but I think Flash is too elegant to risk maligning it with such a word. Make no mistake though, as ubiquitous and well implemented that Flash is, it is just a shim, which evolved to address a major short coming on the web, mainly that the underlying specifications and browser creators could not adopt or drive adoption fast enough the technology to make animation and richer application development possible.
Amazingly, Apple is poised to unwedge this shim that we have all become so unwittingly dependent upon. By refusing to put Flash on the iPhone and iPad they are going to force the market and technology developers who want to play in that market to learn and embrace the bleeding edge in web standards. They are going to do in just a few short years, what even the largest and most well intentioned companies like Google, in all of their open-sourcey-goodness, could never do: force market adoption of the technologies that will render Flash obsolete.
And thank god. The web has too many crutches like Flash, which solve a problem just well enough that they stifle developer communities from addressing problems at a lower level.