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I apologise in advance if this post is something you've heard a million times already or seems like a trolling attempt. I just want some advice and I'm coming up short with my own Google searches.

Basically, I would like to start learning some game development in my own free time (nothing serious, just purely as a hobbyist for fun). I'd like to know what the communities opinions are on the old HTML5/Javascript v Flash argument but purely from a game development perspective. I know people say Flash is dying because of issues like SEO, memory/bandwidth usage and Apple dropping it on tablet and mobile devices, so is it worth me dedicating my free time to learning to use Flash/AS3 for game development or should I focus on HTML5/Javascript?

At the moment, I'm not sure HTML5/Javascript is mature enough or has the support tools that Flash does (framework, IDE, etc) and there seems to be a lot more resources online for beginner Flash/AS3 programming. When I'm reading tutorials online for Flash/AS3 I always have it in the back of my head that I'm wasting my time because it won't be around in a few years and I should be investing that time learning HTML5/Javascript.

Thoughts?

Disclaimer: I'm not trying to spark a flame war or troll anyone - I believe in the right tools for the job and I don't want to waste my time learning something that won't be around in a few years.

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If you're looking for a Flash-like tool for authoring HTML5 content, you should take a look at Adobe Edge. –  K.G. Mar 26 '12 at 18:36
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Iain, welcome to GameDev SE! Sorry, but this question isn't a good fit for the site. See our FAQ. Your question is essentially: "what language/engine/SDK I should learn next?". –  Byte56 Mar 26 '12 at 18:39
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@Byte56 You're right, I suppose that really is what I'm asking. My apologies, I didn't realise this wasn't the correct forum to ask that kind of questing (I've familiarised myself with the FAQ you linked, thanks) I'll see what I can find on Google for this topic. K.G. thanks for the link, I'm going to check that out now –  Iain Mar 26 '12 at 18:50
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Just in case anyone else stumbles across this asking themselves the same question I found this link shortly after posting here that might be useful –  Iain Mar 26 '12 at 18:53
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Feel free to bring this kind of question up in the chat, though. chat.stackexchange.com –  Tetrad Mar 26 '12 at 19:50
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closed as not constructive by Byte56, Josh Petrie, Tetrad Mar 26 '12 at 19:50

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