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HTML 5 trends and what they mean for developers


Periodically, I like to review current events, in particular news that pertains to HTML5 and the stories that promote the latest technological advancements using the new web coding language.

We are seeing more activity among developers and organizations adopting the HTML5 standard both into current implementations, mobile web applications, and emerging areas such as in-car software and wireless. HTML 5 is continuing to gain momentum in a variety of fields and industries, and not just the web anymore.

Several sources show that HTML5 is gaining more traction among web developers, particularly in the Asia Pacific region. Dave Neal of UK-based The Inquirer wrote about a new survey conducted by Evan's Data, ("Developers are moving to HTML5") that shows that among 1,200 respondents the use of HTML5 is between 40 and 60 percent, and generates more of a buzz than say, Flash or Silverlight. The percentage is significant given that several years ago there was little "buzz" at all about HTML5.

Just as we should watch the Asia and Pacific Rim for developments in other emerging technologies such as electronics, solar panel arrays, and semiconductors, gauging HTML 5 adoption rates in that region of the world provides a good perspective for web design trends elsewhere.

Mobile web application development is also taking on some traction with primary wireless providers. In the ARS Technica report by Ryan Paul, "AT&T offers HTML5 SDK for third-party mobile Web app developers," the telecom giant is working with Sencha and their Touch framework to develop touch screen-friendly mobile Web applications using AT&T's HTML5 software development kit. Making in-roads into mobile web application development is another primary indicator for HTML5 adoption, given that mobile technologies are a fast-growing industry. As Internet use continues to migrate from desktops to pockets, HTML5 advantages will continue to become the universal programming language for coding mobile web applications.

Adrian Bridgwater, writing for DrDobbs.com ("QNX Navigates towards HTML5 In-Car Apps") reports that QNX Software Systems is navigating toward HTML5 for production of in-car apps, which allows programmers to blend HTML5 applications with those created with Qt, OpenGL ES, and other user interface technologies. The automotive industry has had its ups and downs in recent years, especially among American auto makers; however, newer car and truck models are including more built-in technology in their standard and optional packages. HTML5 continues to expand its reach in this area.

As HTML5 technology continues to grow into non-traditional web development arenas, such as the automotive industry and into mobile devices, developers may start to realize new roles and opportunities opening up outside of pure web or Internet development organizations.

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Ryan has performed in a broad range of technology support roles for electric-generation utilities, including nuclear power plants, and for the telecommunications industry. He has worked in web development for the restaurant industry and the Federal g...

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