Friday, December 16, 2011

Détente in War Between Apps and Web - Technology Review

Excerpt from a useful snapshot of the apps-versus-Web debate; imho it’s ultimately all about beyond-the-basics hypertext

Simmons goes further, however, and asserts that because the server-side architecture that all apps rely on, both native and web, is now so clean and discrete and independent of its presentation on a phone by a website or an app, the future is actually web apps and native apps that are basically indistinguishable.

I think instead that we'll see a more tangled future. Native apps will use HTML, CSS, and JavaScript more. Web apps will appear more often on smart phones as launchable apps. Native apps will support linking in and out more. Web apps will move more processing to the client — they'll be written more like native apps. (Is Twitter an app or a web app? It's already getting tangled.)

Détente in War Between Apps and Web - Technology Review

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