Every year ZDNet sends out a list of our most popular posts. This is based purely on pageviews so it could have been a particularly witty (or deceptive) title or just something from a big news day. It's always fun to look back and since pageviews are a good metric, hopefully I can copy these more next year. So here are my top five posts with the beauty of 20/20 hindsight.
The top 5 new features in Flash CS3 - Ahh Digg. This article was Dugg 738 times and most people just wanted some news about Flash with the CS3 release because Photoshop got all the love. Maybe when CS4 comes around I'll be able to do a top features of the RIA-centric products.
Adobe Flex goes open source - Interestingly enough this also got Dugg and had way more Diggs at 1320 but fewer page views. This was my favorite announcement of the year because I think it helped Flex get a lot of momentum. I'm going to be touching on this tomorrow but one of my predictions was that Flex would be the primary RIA technology this year. In my year-end review I went with "no" but I got a lot of email feedback about that and I've got a followup.
Wall Street Journal: Flash is coming to the iPhone - iPhone and Flash were bound to be pretty popular topics and I think a lot of the pageviews for this are from search terms. I posted this back in January and we still have no Flash on the iPhone which is a big bummer.
Samsung's Flash based iPhone killer - I don't have one of these but maybe I should have picked one up while I was in Japan. It has all the multi-touch goodness of the iPhone but the UI is all done in Flash.
Finetune - The next generation of online music with Apollo and Flash - Finetune is still my favorite AIR application and it was my 5th most popular post. Since that post they've been really busy with a Wii version and improving both the browser version and the AIR application. I still think it's a great example of what the Flash Platform is capable of; being able to reuse code and create experiences on a number of touch points.
So those are the 5 most popular posts this year. Digg was responsible for two of them and any time I mentioned the iPhone I got more hits. One thing that surprised me was that it was all Adobe-centric news (even before I joined Adobe). The 10th most popular post was The scoop on Silverlight for developers which I wrote back in April. It will be interesting to see how the mix changes next year. The past couple of months my page views have been either down or steady so either I'm getting boring or there are just a lot of places to find RIA information now (probably a bit of both). It's a good sign and I'm looking forward to trying to stay ahead of the curve.