Would the world (or at least the web) be a far better place if Adobe Flash had never existed?
I dunno. I have the distinct feeling if Flash hadn’t come along, something else would have ended up serving the same function. Or, worse, a congeries of other things would have covered the same territory in piecemeal fashion.
I have to say that after switching to Chrome, with its built-in Flash component, and after disabling Flash by default, my problems with Flash have gone down to about zero.
Been spending a lot of the past couple of weeks doing some system testing using an complex web application written entirely in Flash (I’m not actually testing the Flash app itself, but the interfaces between it and another product). Compared with Ajax-based web applications it doesn’t half look dated and clunky.