Just read an interesting article about a new Macromedia tool called Flex. It seems to be somewhere between a flash application and a classic web app. The really cool thing about it is that it runs on top of existing platforms like .NET and J2EE and can be developed in eclipse or visual studio. Developers can get an unlimited trial version, but it costs $12000US to actually deploy the flex server on a live server.
Sounds very interesting though. If flex could combine the flexibility of standard HTML web applications and the rich user interface of flash then it could be a really useful tool for certain types of webapps in the future. I’m very much looking forward to having a bit of a play around with it.