How HTML5 Can Erode Apple's Mobile Dev Dominance

By Martin Schaeferle

There's good news for job-seekers... In our last installment, we looked at how the future of Web program will be defined by the struggle between native apps and HTML5. The consensus is a future where HTML5 is dominant, and where programmers should strongly consider signing up for an HTML5 tutorial to get up to speed. Specifically, we cited a new report spelling out four key areas where this struggle will unfold. We looked at the first two - distribution and monetization - and today we'd like to look at the second two, starting with what's defined as "platform power and network effects." As of now, Apple has a huge hold on the mobile development space.

But HTML5 is changing that, because now, developers can create functionality for Apple devices by bypassing Apple entirely. Advantage: HTML5. The one main drawback with HTML5 at the moment is its comparative lack of functionality versus native apps. This will improve, but not at the pace some hope - at least according to the aforementioned report.


Martin Schaeferle
Martin Schaeferle has taught IT professionals nationwide to develop applications using Visual Basic, Microsoft SQL Server, ASP, and XML. He has been a featured speaker at Microsoft Tech-Ed and the Microsoft NCD Channel Summit, and he specializes in developing Visual Basic database applications, COM-based components, and ASP-based Web sites. In addition to writing and presenting technical training content, Martin is also LearnNowOnline's vice president of technology.

This blog entry was originally posted February 07, 2013 by Martin Schaeferle

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