Warning: This 4cast posting is going to get technical. But hang with us a minute, with a little bit of introductory information, we can probably get through this. In recent years, there has been a tendency for programmers to write “native apps” for a particular piece of hardware, especially a particular smartphone operating system, so they could make the device do complex things online that would not happen smoothly in a web browser built to run on any operating system. So the announcement last week that the major web browsers have come together to develop a new web language that can allow browsers to perform as well as native apps was big news for programmers, and could very well lead to a simpler, more standardized web experience for the rest of us, too.
- The secret alliance that could give the Web a massive speed boost (CNET | Stephen Shankland) “Today, it’s not unusual to run processor-taxing programs as native apps on your tablet, phone or PC – for example, Adobe’s photo-editing software Lightroom. But running a browser-based alternative, such as Pics.io, has its advantages. A programmer, for instance, can write one Web-based app and have it run on any operating system, since you need only the browser. That programmer liberation could help loosen the grip that Apple and Google have on the technology industry today with their iOS and Android operating systems, where native apps rule.”
Articles from Ohio Web Library:
- The evolution of web development for mobile devices. (Communications of the ACM, April 2013, p.42-48 | Nicholas C. Zakas)
- Best practices on the move: Building web apps for mobile devices. (Communications of the ACM, August 2013, p.45-51 | Alex Nicolaou)