Back in July 2006, Peter V. Mikhalenko wrote a synopsis of what he considered to be a set of best practices for developers working in the realm of mobile Web applications. His inspiration was a set of standards published by the W3C with the title: Mobile Web Best Practices 1.0. To my surprise, this set of recommendations has not been updated since 2008.
Here is what Peter wrote back in 2006; what has changed since then? And, perhaps just as importantly, what has not changed? Obviously, much of the development these days involves mobile devices and the apps that take advantage of their unique form factors, but many of these principles still hold true. Can we apply most of these best practices for mobile Web applications to mobile app development in 2012? Do we need a new set of best practices?
Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.