It’s been an interesting year, but quite a morbid one as well apparently: a lot of technologies, frameworks & principles have been declared dead, if you want to believe everything you read. Silverlight? Dead. Flash/Flex? Dead. Java? Dead by standstill and fighting. ASP .NET Webforms? Dead. .NET, even? Dead – WinRT to the rescue. And apparently Biztalk has been dead for years.
Well have you ever!
Today it came to my attention that it doesn’t stop there:
Conclusion? Well, apparently, the internet is full of crap. Of course, none of what I mentioned above is dead. If anything, we’ve never had a demand as high as this year for Silverlight & Flex, and mobile Apps in general (note: at the company I work for, we mainly build business app – your opinions may vary ;-)). Some of the stuff that’s been declared dead (HTML5) hasn’t even matured yet: demand is only going to go up, not down, the next few years.
In other words: when you’re reading yet another article on the imminent dead of a certain technology, take it with a grain of salt. If something is declared “dead”, the author probably means he or she thinks (or hopes) it will be “dead” in 3 to 5 years or so. Take a look at predictions that were made 5 years ago, and you immediately know the value (or lack of value) of these predictions.
Dead? Not really.