Sencha CEO: HTML5 Poised for Big Things

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2013-05-30 Print this article Print

“On the visual tooling front, we were first to market with HTML5 tooling and we're still only at version 2.1 of our Sencha Architect visual builder,” Mullany said. “Adobe has just released the first versions of their HTML5 content tools. There's easily a decade of innovation to go before we have all the tools we need and they work together well to make development as fast as possible. It's a hugely exciting area to develop products in.”

Mullany also made observations about some of the big players in the market, including Microsoft.

“Adobe is doing some great things for content designers who want to add HTML5 features to their sites, and they've been leading the way on some of the technologies like CSS Custom Filters that bring Flash-like capabilities to Web content,” Mullany said.

Adobe was one of the original champions of SVG vector graphics in the '90s and it is great to see first class SVG support finally appear in every browser over the last two years, Mullany added. They provide powerful tools for responsive content design in the works. “On the other hand, we don't see them addressing business application needs,” he said. “In fact, the shutdown of Flex was sort of an explicit step way from business app development. So that definitely opens a space for companies like Sencha to come in and support those developers as they move to HTML5.”

However, Microsoft is a special case, he said. “It has moved from one of the most market-engaged ecosystems to one of the most closed ecosystems over the last 15 years. It's now a continent unto itself. If you live there, you care very much what's happening.”

Moreover, Mullany said he believes that the challenge getting HTML5 into more enterprise developers’ hands lies in converting developers to think in HTML5. “Lots of enterprise developers are still plugging away at server-centric Web development, where the browser is just a page viewer for stuff that's generated on the server,” he said. “Getting them to shift to a single page architecture where the UI is browser-generated and controlled through JavaScript is a challenging mind shift.”

Mullany and Sencha officials maintain that on the mobile front, the main competition for Sencha’s HTML5 tools are native iOS and Android development.


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