Although Cogswell predicted that Delphi/Object Pascal would fade from view, it continues to hold strong on TIOBE’s list, ranking above even Objective-C, Visual Basic, and other languages. That speaks to the language’s strong legacy.
Adobe Flash and AIR
Back in 2010, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs published a letter online entitled “Thoughts on Flash.” Sparing no words, Jobs attacked Flash as insufficient for a world that depended on low-power mobile devices, touch interfaces, and open Web standards.
More than five years later, the attacks haven’t let up. In 2015, Facebook and Mozilla condemned Flash as insufficient when it comes to security. By the end of the year, Adobe announced that Flash Professional CC would be rebranded as Animate CC with new features such as HTML5 support. Within its official blog posting on the matter, Adobe acknowledged that “new web standards” such as HTML5 will become “the web platform of the future across all devices.”
In other words, yes, Adobe Flash is all but certainly dead… and perhaps sooner rather than later.
Once a language has a sizable install base, it’s likely to stick around for quite some time.