Evaluate Weigh the pros and cons of technologies, products and projects you are considering.

HTML5 development lifts the bar

The latest version of the markup language leverages new design features and platform capabilities.

This article can also be found in the Premium Editorial Download: Business Information: HTML5 rewrites the rules on website, mobile app development:

Build Web applications today without taking advantage of HTML5's design and storage capabilities and they'll be outdated as soon as they move into production. HTML5 gives developers and enterprise architects a platform-independent means of developing modern, highly responsive, browser-based content that can be delivered to traditional browsers and mobile devices.

Hypertext Markup Language was introduced in the 1990s to enable and simplify coding, displaying and delivering content on the Internet. HTML codes, or markups, tell a Web browser how to display a webpage's words and images. The language has evolved through several versions, but HTML5's Web, mobile and cross-platform features are a great leap up from its predecessor, HTML4.

"Sure, sites developed in HTML4 will still render in both mobile and desktop browsers," says veteran Java developer and editor of TheServerSide, Cameron McKenzie. "But, they'll lack HTML5's modern design and storage capabilities."

With HTML5, developers can leverage responsive design techniques that enable a website or application to adjust to fit a user's screen -- whether it's on a PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone. Using HTML5's client-side storage features, developers can push more real-time data to devices, allowing for interactive content even when network connections are disrupted.

HTML5 code can be written once and used on many platforms. That platform independence is the killer capability in HTML5, says software architect Alan Arthur Katz in this special edition of Business Information. Katz lists the reasons developers should migrate to HTML5.

While the advantages of HTML5's write-once, run-anywhere capabilities are many, the disadvantage is greater security risks. Multi-deployment development platforms come preconfigured with some security vulnerabilities. Also in this issue, Timothy Converse, software quality assurance and technical support director for SiO2 Corp., canvasses a cross-section of tools and technologies for experts and novices. To close, technology reporter George Lawton explains the extra work developers and architects must do to secure the applications they build with HTML5.

Developers who choose to use HTML5 will find themselves in good company—supporters range from Adobe, which chose the revision over its own Flash language for mobile development, to Mozilla, Google, Microsoft and Opera. To paraphrase Katz in the pages that follow, HTML5 is not just the future; it's the present.

Has your organization made the move to HTML5? Tell me about it. Write me at jstafford@techtarget.com.

This was last published in September 2014

Dig Deeper on Java Development Tools

PRO+

Content

Find more PRO+ content and other member only offers, here.

Join the conversation

1 comment

Send me notifications when other members comment.

By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

Please create a username to comment.

Applications developed using HTML 5 are responsive and can be used across several OS platforms. HTML 5 code is also written once when developing applications.
Cancel

-ADS BY GOOGLE

SearchCloudApplications

SearchSoftwareQuality

SearchFinancialApplications

SearchSAP

SearchManufacturingERP

DevOpsAgenda

Close