CHAPTER 25 Flash
Flash is often called an RIA (Rich Internet/Interactive Application) platform. There’s plenty of argument about what exactly that means, but I think of it as enabling rich applications for the web capable of doing much more than HTML. As a platform, a vast industry writes applications for Flash that run in a secure “sandbox” without access to the underlying computer or its data. Flash apps can’t do anything damaging to the underlying computers (or at least they’re not supposed to; there’ve been a number of exploited security faults in Flash over the years) so users don’t need to install anything or type in an admin password. Flash apps should “just work” like anything else in a web page.
In this Flash competes with ...