Time sure flies fast when you’re having fun! Today marks five years of blogging, including two redesigns, 345 posts, 3900 comments, and tens of millions of page views. There have been a lot of changes in the industry during that time: the dark ages of Flash (MX2004), Adobe buying Macromedia, the bitmap capabilities of Flash 8, the introduction (and subsequent reintroduction) of Flex, the release of ActionScript 3, and the emergence of Silverlight as the first serious competitor in the space.
Over this time, I’ve seen my role morph from a relatively unknown freelancer experimenting with Flash, to an active community member, regular conference speaker, and CEO of one of the top ActionScript development teams on the planet (I refuse to be humble when talking about my team – they rock!). We’ve built a diverse range of successful projects for some really stellar clients, ranging from the Fanbase AIR application for Atlantic records, to the v3 components for Adobe, to camera based installations for BBC and Nissan. It really is a testament to Flash as a technology, and the potential of the platform.
I want to take this opportunity to thank the Flash community for being such an awesome and open group of people. I’ve had so many stimulating conversations, made so many great friends, and been inspired in so many ways by this community. I’m excited to see what the next 5 years brings. Hopefully it will include a new design for gskinner.com (egads, is it really over 4 years old?)!