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HTML5 Could Mute Browser-Apps Argument
Posted on Tue, Nov 22, 2011
We've written about the browser versus apps argument in this space before and it produced some heated responses from both sides, even in the post
Browser Versus Apps is a Non-starter
. Apparently it is a hot-button issue for many of you, but
, Chief Technology Evangelist at
, an applications and content management company. says it really doesn't have to be an argument.
, to virtually build anything that can be done with "native" apps," Anglin explains.
That means you can use the same set of skills to build the app or the browser application and that's going to be valuable moving forward, but Anglin says that you can still use the same base HTML5 and Java Script even if it's a desktop app. In fact,
KnoweldgeTree recently announced
a cross-platform desktop version of its document management application written in HTML5.
He's see no reason to limit the conversation to apps or browser, although he understand the current limitations some are citing on both delivery platforms. "If we limit the conversation to apps that are delivered via the browser (setting aside "native" HTML runtimes, like Windows 8 and webOS), then I think we're still approaching a time where the technology will meet the needs of most business developers," he said.
He also acknowledges the issue of browser adoption. "Of course, there are many different browsers, all adopting HTML5 at a different pace, so developers must employ various adoption strategies if they need to target many different browsers. But this is easily achievable and the reward is unmatched reach for their software."
So it turns out Anglin believes the answer to apps or browser question is "Yes!" It can be either or both and the desktop too and that has to be music to the ears of development shops forced to learn to develop for multiple device OSs, and with Android, sometimes device-specific versions of the OS.
To be able to develop once and use the same technologies across desktop, browser and devices is going to reap huge benefits enabling you to develop once and use many times.
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