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Thorsten Hirsch

Are you sure these are the right dimensions? over-hyped/going-to-die vs. innovative/going-to-stay? I don't think so.

  • Flash was innovative! Adobe provided a technology to build dynamic web content long before HTML5. They just had the right product at the right time. But since everybody (speaking of internet/technology companies) wanted to build dynamic web content without relying on a proprietary product, it was doomed. It was just a matter of time before something better was developed. And then it took some more years to migrate all the Flash sites to HTML5.

  • The main benefit of Coffeescript was that it was integrated in Rails, when Rails was the most popular web framework. Was it innovative...? Well, I wouldn't say that... it was more like a more suitable fit for Ruby than JS. Was it a trend? Yes, I'd say so.

Do you know Gartner's hype cycle? Their standpoint is: every successful technology is being hyped in its early days. The expectations grow to an unrealistic level, no technology can satisfy. Next phase is the "trough of delusion". The failing technologies never recover from it, but the successful ones come back and prove their usefulness in successful products.

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Thanks for your reply. Good points.

Flash was innovative! Adobe provided technology to build dynamic web content long before HTML5. They just had the right product at the right time.

Totally true. Also as soon as something "better" appeared, it kind of died very fast. It was innovative, but also not unique enough to stay.

The main benefit of Coffeescript...

So true. It was trendy but didn't have any real advantages except Ruby-likeness. As soon as people considered something beyond RoR it kind of lost its value in peoples eyes

Do you know Gartner's hype cycle?

Nope. Thanks for the pointer