HTML5: On Developers Minds

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2012-03-12 Print this article Print


Meanwhile, HTML5 seems to be on the minds of developers worldwide. An Evans Data survey of more than 1,200 developers conducted worldwide in November and December 2011 showed use of HTML5 at 43 percent in North America; 39 percent in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region; and an even greater 58 percent in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region. Adding in planned use brought the totals to over three-quarters across the regions.

"There isn't any question about the adoption of HTML5; it's already the de facto standard," said Janel Garvin, CEO of Evans Data, in a statement. "There is special strength in HTML5 for mobile and cross-platform mobile apps, which is the direction the industry is moving for client devices, and that has made it extremely attractive to developers everywhere in the world."

An Appcelerator survey marking development trends in the fourth quarter of 2011 indicated that 66 percent of developers surveyed said they are interested in building HTML5 mobile Websites. Appcelerator offers a mobile platform that provides an integrated native, hybrid and HTML5 Web application solution.

Of the major vendors, Adobe and Microsoft have been the most aggressive in pushing an HTML5 focus. Adobe acquired Nitobi for its PhoneGap HTML5 application platform, which will accelerate the company's Web-standards strategy and will run in parallel with its strategy to continue to evolve and innovate around the Flash platform and Adobe AIR.

In a Nov. 9 blog post, Danny Winokur, vice president and general manager of interactive development at Adobe, said: "HTML5 is now universally supported on major mobile devices, in some cases exclusively. This makes HTML5 the best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms. We are excited about this, and will continue our work with key players in the HTML community, including Google, Apple, Microsoft and RIM, to drive HTML5 innovation they can use to advance their mobile browsers."

Walter Luh, CEO and co-founder of Ansca and former lead architect of Flash Lite at Adobe, told eWEEK: "It's pretty clear that Adobe was becoming increasingly irrelevant in the mobile space. Flash just wasn't getting traction. So they had to do something. That something was embracing HTML5."

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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