An anecdote on runtimes

My first gig was working on Adobe AIR, a (comparably) little-loved app runtime that was ahead of its time; I’d argue its fate as a faded silhouette of its potential was, as with most products, due to People Issues and changes in the context, in this case related to Macromedia’s acquisition that touched everything in the Flash family, and many of the same “world changed around us” issues that hit Windows Vista. But that’s a deeper post for another time that I’m absolutely not qualified to write. Here, I just want to go into a cute engineering anecdote that tickled me.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at