Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Why Enterprises to Develop Cross-Platform Apps with HTML5

What do you think from a customer’s end regarding User-experience? Doubtless, there could be only one answer.  Regardless to what device they have in front of them, be it a Windows PC at work, or an Apple  iPad at the local coffee shop or an Android* phone on the go- the mobile application must work, intact.

So... why HTML5?

Instead of deluging in programming technologies such as C# and Windows APIs and Visual Studio, ObjectiveC and iOS APIs and Xcode; Java and Android APIs and Eclipse, etc cross-platform HTML5 languages focuses your efforts on the things that really matter, starting from developing the right features for your app without failing user experience.

Today’s cross-platform apps need to adapt to varying screen sizes, resolutions, aspect ratios and orientations and, yes this is both an opportunity and challenge. HTML5 code are packed and been deployed as a locally installed hybrid web app rather than running within a sandboxed browser window frame.

This article will explain the following best practices for building cross-platform HTML5 apps for enterprises:

Supportive to All the APIs Used By Your App

ü  HTML5 browser is a first-class programming language supported by some of the latest development tools, including Microsoft Visual Studio, Appcelerator Titanium and Node.js.

ü  Also, the HTML5 runtimes implemented on your target platforms will always support slightly different APIs but a nuisance for app development. However, using Cordova, you can take advantage of device capabilities to deliver rich and contextual user experiences.

Adaptive To Provide A Good User Experience

ü  Based on screen dimensions and, adjust padding around the UI components to better accommodate various aspect ratios, you can scale your UI components and fonts.

ü  Instead of loading a different image asset optimized for a different resolution, propose web standards for support of responsive images.

Managing “Quirks

The fast evolution of the HTML5 standard behaves differently as a function of the target platform, optically different in the behaviour of platform runtimes to complicate cross-platform development. Say, Android platform shows inconsistent behaviour over audio and video playback across various manufacturer implementations. Such differences can be easily overcome by the use of cross-platform JavaScript library APIs that mask runtime implementation differences such as Modernizr.

In order to serve the app developers, HTML5 technology is applied to building device applications that will help you to write once and deploy across multiple platforms.

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