Best practices for mobile application development (revisited)

Do we need a new set of best practices for mobile device application development?

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 W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to,, and TechRepublic.

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