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Kevin Benedict's What's New in HTML5 - Week of September 23, 2012


Here are the comments, opinions and actions taken by both supporters and opponents of HTML5 that I have found this week.  It is never a dull discussion.

Native apps tend to have a smoother look and feel, more polish, and are able to leverage elements of their native operating system to feel more deeply integrated into the device.  However, building for multiple platforms and devices is expensive while web apps, built in standards-based technologies such as HTML5 and CSS3, will work on devices across a range of sizes by being adaptive and responsive.  Read Original Content

Brendan Eich, the chief technology officer at Mozilla, admits that HTML5 still faces standardization issues, and by continuing to lead development of essential HTML5 standards, Mozilla will actually make developers' lives easier.  Read Original Content

The much-publicized quote from Mark Zuckerberg, stating that the biggest mistake Facebook made was betting too much on HTML5 doesn’t tell the entire story.  The full quote, on Facebook software engineer Tobie Langel’s blog is:  “When I’m introspective about the last few years I think the biggest mistake that we made, as a company, is betting too much on HTML5 as opposed to native… because it just wasn’t there. And it’s not that HTML5 is bad. I’m actually, on long-term, really excited about it. One of the things that’s interesting is we actually have more people on a daily basis using mobile Web Facebook than we have using our iOS or Android apps combined. So mobile Web is a big thing for us.”  Read Original Content

While stating that the company believes HTML5 has been “very over-hyped”, Intel software executive Renee James goes on to say that Intel is “committed to making sure HTML5 remains open, cross-platform, and has the right performance”.  Read Original Content
Adobe has made an effort to have its tools work on multiple platforms - PCs, tablets, and smartphones - using HTML5 and dynamic layout reformatting tailored to each device type.  The company is now promoting free “Create the Web” events to show off new tools and services for HTML5, CSS3, motion graphics, web development and more.  Read Original Content

appMobi has announced the launch privateStack, an HTML5-based, app development and cloud services platform that will enable businesses to develop their own cloud stack for mobile apps for business operations.  Read Original Content

Donald MacCormick in BI Dashboards provides a video of an HTML5 dashboard prototype in action.  Read Original Content

Facebook software engineer Tobie Langel outlines the HTML5 flaws that Facebook encountered including a lack of tooling in mobile browsers, scrolling performance problems, and technical problems such as stuttering and GPU buffer exhaustion.  Read OriginalContent

Xamarin CEO Nat Freidman believes the mobile industry is moving too fast for HTML5 and Web standards-based development to keep up, and he feels a lot more developers will start to build natively.  An IDC analyst states “We are now in a bit of a disillusionment phase for HTML5 as early adopters push the boundaries of the capabilities and sometimes fail”.  ReadOriginal Content

This article from HTML5 Goodies explores the changes with HTML5 Semantics – HTML5 tags that have been removed and new HTML5 elements.  Read Original Content

Jadu will offer its mobile app publishing platform Weejot.com free to every school, college and university in the U.K. to enable students to improve their programming skills using HTML5 and JavaScript.  Read Original Content

Serdar Yegulalp writes in Information Week’s Byte newsletter that although he “can’t stand” programming in HTML5, he sees it thriving in the long run, because it’s the most widely-recognized starting point. HTML5 “doesn't give the most powerful base to build on, but it provides the lowest barrier to entry, and one of the fastest ways to get something into people's hands”.  Read Original Content

A collection of 10 useful infographics about HTML5 is provided in this article by Jacob Gube in Six Revisions.  Read Original Content


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Kevin Benedict, Head Analyst for SMAC (Social, MOBILE, Analytics and Cloud), Cognizant
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Kevin Benedict is the Senior Analyst for Digital Transformation at Cognizant, a writer, speaker and SAP Mentor Alumnus. Follow him on Twitter @krbenedict. He is a popular speaker around the world on the topic of digital transformation and enterprise mobility. He maintains a busy schedule researching, writing and speaking at events in North America, Asia and Europe. He has over 25 years of experience working in the enterprise IT solutions industry.

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