There are from about 500,000 to over 1 Million Flash developers
Different sources give different numbers, since it's very hard to
effectively measure the exact number; e.g. if you want to count sold
Flash development tools, a single one of those could be used by
several programmers/ artists on the same computer during different
times -- and that's not even counting pirate users.
Macromedia 2001 Press Release quoting vice-president Peter Goldie
"extensive worldwide reach with more than one million Macromedia Flash
Flash Kit Fall 2001
"Flash has a very large following right now. (...) Right now there's
over 500,000 flash developers worldwide"
O'Reilly - ActionScript: The Definitive Guide
"Flash has become the de facto standard for hundreds of thousands of
multimedia web developers worldwide"
The numbers have grown enormously since 1998, when Ben Dillon
(Macromedia's director of product management for Flash) said there are
50,000 Flash developers. See:
Wired - Flash Flies with Navigator (by Chris Oakes)
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