One of the things about joining a new industry is needing to learn a new set of terminology. Since joining the mobile industry earlier this year, I’ve been most puzzled by the word “widget”. This is the story…
Web Development Trends
While the programming languages for the web mature, there is also progress being made with the core markup language (assembly language) of the web browser. Two important addtions of html5 are the canvas tag which enables dynamic scriptable rendering of bitmap images and the ability to do offline storage to better enable web apps to deal with intermittent connections.
Check out bespin to get a sense of the growing power of the web application platform. Bespin is on its way to becoming a fully functional development environment developed purely on the web. In addition to typical IDE features like editing and building, it takes advantage of the web to innovate around developer collaboration.
The word “widget” may be too entrenched to change, but whether they’re web apps or widgets, web applications are here to stay and will only get more important. There are an order or two more web developers in the world than native developers. The mobile platform is transforming into an innovation convergence and acceleration point for the web, embedded devices, and the cloud. So the mobile eco-system providers that do the best to enable mobile apps with the right browsers, enabling APIs, powerful development tools and usable deployment tools will lead the way in attracting web developers to create a rich set of applications.
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