All about Adobe with Ben Forta: Video

All about Adobe with Ben Forta: Video

Summary: Take one ColdFusion veteran and mix in a healthy dose of prolific book writing, and chances are you will end up with Ben Forta.

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Take one ColdFusion veteran and mix in a healthy dose of prolific book writing, and chances are you will end up with Ben Forta.

Starting out at Allaire, the birthplace of ColdFusion, and moving to Macromedia and Adobe as the ColdFusion language changed hands, Forta is now Adobe's director of platform evangelism.

In this extended interview with ZDNet.com.au, Forta discusses ColdFusion, the company's push into enterprise applications, and Adobe's waiting game with Apple to get Flash on the iPhone.

"Flash on the iPhone is not up to us — that is really an Apple decision," said Forta. "We'd love to get iPhone support for Flash on the iPhone native, that is an Apple decision, and when they're ready to do it, we'll be ready."

Forta took to the front foot on whether HTML 5 was a threat to Flash: "When you start looking at complete applications, which are for all intents and purposes are client/server applications [...] then HTML 5 just isn't there yet. There are probably small areas of what Flash does that HTML 5 will be a threat to and arguably those are probably things that should be done in HTML. But when you look at the bigger Flash story, there is no competition."

Topics: Open Source, Apple, iPhone, Microsoft, Software Development

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Chris started his journalistic adventure in 2006 as the Editor of Builder AU after originally joining CBS as a programmer. After a Canadian sojourn, he returned in 2011 as the Editor of TechRepublic Australia, and is now the Australian Editor of ZDNet.

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