Mobile Devices, the Cloud, and HTML 5 is Changing App Development


All technology trend followers are overwhelmed with information and emphasis on cloud computing and the mobile market. As companies large and small are turning to mobile computing and increasing productivity for those telecommuting, the cloud is at the forefront. For app developers, mobile devices, the cloud and HTML 5 are changing the app development world.

The Winds of Change:

As the iPhone and Androids increased in users, apps were developed to entertain and connect with different services. The tech world quickly saw a change as to what was possible in these devices. The introduction of tablets made mobile business computing a high priority and app developers adapted.

Now with the cloud becoming a corporate solution to mobile workforces, app developers are attempting to improve productivity. The concentration of apps is shifting from connecting mobile devices to allowing productivity while devices are disconnected.

Even with the ability for mobile devices to connect via data plans and WiFi, a majority of devices operate in a disconnected mode. This is driving a need for apps that will offload capability to mobile devices so they can be used while disconnected. The answer to this is the use of JavaScript and HTML 5.

Mobile Devices

JavaScript and HTML 5 as a Platform:

As the internet evolved, Java replaced C++ as the preferred language for website development, browsers and applications. Scripting languages such as Ruby and PHP filled in the gaps where Java lacked. Now with mobile computing, HTML 5 will help fill in the gaps of JavaScript.

JavaScript Object Notation has taken over XML and is still not at its full potential. There are questions as to what JavaScript will be capable of as a platform as it is just recently showing up on servers. Oracle has already released details of their cloud strategy to utilize HTML 5 for their browser’s user interface, Java applications for the controller, and Java EE 7 in the cloud as their back end.

This shows the possibility to create apps that utilize the cloud, JavaScript and HTML 5 to not only connect mobile users but also create apps that allow disconnected users to continue tasks. The mobile device will take care of most of the workload and use a thin server model to access cloud services, meaning less connectivity to accomplish the same tasks.

As mobile computing, cloud storage and file transfer, and app development progress, mobile users will be able to accomplish more with less. This creates the ideal situation for companies reluctant to switch to cloud computing to take a second look.

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