Were there any announcements made for Flash Media Server 2 at MAX? Some sneak-peek maybe? A BoF session with the engineers? I count 3 sessions that have a bit of FMS but that's all. Stefan got the scoop a few weeks back that the new Flash Media Server can now be used commercially in projects ( same kinda deal as FDS ) but that got little coverage at all. Why is that?
The success and attention the opensource project Red5 gets with it's upcoming 1.0 release ( i expect it somewhere Q2 or maybe Q3 2007 ) cleary shows there is an interest in true streaming video on the web. Red5 doesn't offer the clustering features of FMS 2 and it's still much a work in progress, both in technology as in APIs, but when it launches everyone will be able to use video and realtime collaboration features, the latter depending on RED5's Scripting API that is defined at the moment. I think scripting support is essential for rapid prototyping of Red5 applications as otherwise you'd be recompiling everytime you add new code.
So where does that lead FMS2? Should Adobe make the technology more accessible to lower-budget clients and projects? Should it position FMS as an application platform, instead of a streaming video server?
From a developers pov i think it should upgrade it's serverside scripting support to align it more with the clientside scripting languages. As Flashmagzine point out, it is not uncommon to tackle three different languages in a FMS project. Actionscript version 1 for the serverside api, Actionscript 2/3 for Flash and Flex applications. Adobe could use the same trick as was used for Actionscript 2 ( compiling the class based syntax down to prototype based syntax ) or it could update the actual engine ( Rhino was used ) to a newer version that supports ECMA-262. A release-candidate of Rhino that supports ECMA-262 is already available. I can come up with a zillion other things that would be a great add for FMS2 but for now the silence on Adobe's side is odd..someone there to chime in?