Opportunities and Roadblocks with HTML5 & Cross Platform Development

HTML5 retains its singularity, even with all its flaws and fab features. The direct effect of the growing traction towards HTML5 can be felt from the fact that the web users are increasingly leaning towards the desktop browsers for accessing their favorite websites.

The textual websites were ruling the roost where you has large chunks of text dominating a web page, and the images were mostly used as hyperlinks to ease the navigation. But with the web dynamics changing drastically, the need for more dynamic web pages is felt. And this dynamism goes beyond having flashy designs and animations. The new age web means we can have live apps running on our web platforms, which include contests, games and so on.

Besides, the transformation of native apps into web apps in terms of the volume and the urgency has been the stand out factor as well. Cross-platform has been the need of the hour, per se. When you can develop a singular piece of code meant to be used at more than one places, you are already on a sure footing.

Having said that, for a developer to take the plunge, there are a host of other things – challenges – to be considered as well. Let’s account for the benefits and challenges of HTML5 and the overall web development for multiple platforms one at a time:

The Opportunities

The whole idea of code once, deploy multiple times is what pulls the developers towards this breed of web development. Not only is their effort reduced, the overall project cost is greatly reduced as well. So today, you have a particular website that’s accessible from desktops, Windows phones, iPhones, tablets and so on. If the trends of the last few months are to be taken into consideration, you can access web even from your wrist watches. Now that’s singularly worth the price of admission.

  •  The Content Can be Produced as and When Required

The wherewithal to provide content to the user on demand adds to the flexibility of the whole exercise. Besides, the developers don’t have to come into picture all the time. The whole beautify of the new age web development is that once the process is accomplished, a non-tech-savvy individual can effectively achieve the user cases and advertise the apps more penetratingly. The apps can be used while the messaging environment is simultaneously running.

  • Use of Technology Till the Last Thread

Modern web development does not skimp on the suite and variety of technologies. And this happens to be the direct result of the uninterrupted emergence of some powerful and path-breaking technologies in recent times. Node.js is one of the platforms that are responsible for growing acceptance of new-fangled technologies.

The technological sophistication has to grown to such an extent that you can use the same code for developing websites that are meant to run on desktops, mobile devices and so on, ensuring the same user experience.

  • An Ever-Growing Developer Community

One of the chief reasons for the growing traction towards cross platform development is the fact that the web community is growing in size, and its adaptation of the state of the art technological tools. And this really gives a shot in the arm to the underlying concept of modern web development based on cross-platforms and HTML5.

But, like we said, not all is hunky dory here. The cross platform development also throws a handful of challenges at us.

The Roadblocks

  • Code Once Deploy Multiple Times Can Be Unwieldy for that “Once”

When you are coding a web solution that is meant to work everywhere, you need several times more research and effort to get it right. Each platform has its own development models and structural dynamics. When you wish to create a web solution that is compatible with each, you need to endure the grind of daily revisions, tests, rechecks and so on until you truly create something that is worth something.

The packaging detail of each platform varies from the other, the configurational difference evaluations can get taxing, ensuring high UX on every individual platform may end up becoming an unrealistic goal.

  • Performance on Mobile Suffers

Yes, you have used HTML5 to create the most responsive of websites, but does it really load as fast on mobiles as a made-for-mobiles site would. Most definitely, no. the made for mobile site strictly comprises of scripts that are needed for the site to be displayed on the mobile device. A responsive website however comes with its own baggage of scripts, a chunk of which are simply not needed and only end up deteriorating the site’s performance on the mobile OS.

  • Disparity in Execution

Again, there is definitely an intricate tapestry to addressing a wide variety of platforms. In mobile devices for instances, there are different ways to how an input is made. The touch screen algorithms have to be taken into account, and also the smaller screen resolutions. And this leads to augmented confusion and algorithms that might get a little taxing for the developers and designers alike. It might serve you well if you take the mobile first approach, since a large part of your target audience belong to those who access your site on their Smartphones.

Cross platform development is in vogue, and justifiably so. But the rich pleasures can only be enjoyed once you begin to see both sides of the coin.


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