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HTML5: Still Not Living Up to Expectations

HTML5 hasn't met expectations as a platform for mobile applications, according to a new report from industry research firm IDC. The report, "The Evolving State of HTML5," [fee required], notes the technology is still riddled with misconceptions.

Report: HTML5 is the Future for Enterprise Developers

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A new report finds standards-based HTML5 development, whose popularity has been growing in part because such apps can run cross-platform, has caught on big in the enterprise.

HTML5 is the latest version of the HMTL hypertext markup language. In conjunction with other standards-based technologies like CSS and JavaScript, it can run in browsers and across platforms without plugins. The State of HTML5 Development in the Enterprise report from Sencha, a provider of open-source web application frameworks, surveyed more than 2,000 business application developers from its business-focused community. It found HTML5 is booming:

  • More than 60 percent of developers have converted to HTML5 and hybrid development of their key projects
  • More than 70 percent of HTML5/hybrid developers are using HTML5 more this year than last and 75 percent intend to use it more in 2015
  • 19 percent of native mobile developers expect to use native technologies less in the future

 

7 Ways to Determine the Merits of Responsive Web Design

In a world with so many device types, responsive design can be a godsend, but it also takes more time, money and effort. A new report from Forrester Research offers a tool for determining when responsive design for web sites is a good idea.

Yahoo Acquires Lexity For Small-Biz Ecommerce Tools

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Yahoo's wallet remains firmly open as it picks up yet another company (at least its third this month), this time focusing on the small business offerings of Lexity to expand its ecommerce range. 

Five Cool Things From Microsoft's Build Keynote #bldwin

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While the release of Windows 8.1 was the biggie at Microsoft's first keynote, there was lots of other smart, useful or fun features, either as part of Windows or from other areas, that are coming developers and users way as part of Microsoft's future plans. 

 

Watch Microsoft's Build 2013 Keynote To See Windows 8.1 In Action #bldwin

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Microsoft has another stab at a second coming today with the unveiling of Windows 8.1, along with a host of developer-related products, news and events at this year's Build conference. Watch the keynote today to see if there's any big surprises. 

SiteSpect Debuts Testing Tool for How a Site Works, not Just Looks

SiteSpect Debuts Testing Tool for How a Site Works, not Just Looks

Testing a website for varying designs and layouts is a key way to figure out what is most enticing to visitors, but optimization vendor SiteSpect has decided that is no longer enough, and has debuted a tool to test how a site works as well.

Webpop: A Simple CMS Built for Designers

Webpop: A Simple CMS

We came across another simple web content management system you might be interested in. Let's have a look at Webpop.

Facebook Invests in Mobile App Development With Parse Acquisition

parse_logo_2013.jpgWith plenty of revenue from all those desktop web games, how will Facebook translate that as users access social media and games increasingly from their mobile? The acquisition of Parse whose mobile app development SDK for iOS and Android and other platforms powers thousands of apps seems to be one answer. 

IBM Snaps Up UrbanCode for Mobile, Cloud Based Software Development

Nobody wants to spend days or even weeks on app development, but for the biggest companies, this is often the reality. IBM is looking to speed up that timeline with the purchase of UrbanCode, a company that automates software development.

Dying to Know More About APIs and Platformification?

I was super happy to see my article from last week, on the crossover between UX and APIs, get such a good response (including tweets from Alan Cooper and Jared Spool). There were one or two tweets from people who were not fully familiar with the topic and wanted to learn and understand more about the space. Ask and you shall receive. Each article listed below is a bit different and will help you understand different nuances, possibilities and actual corporate strategy shifts driven by API design.

BaseKit Introduces a Mobile Website Builder

Website building, software as a service, company Basekit, has added a mobile site builder to its website design platform, which will give both large and SMB’s the tools to create a fully functional mobile website.

Forrester Report Makes Case for a Single Standardized Browser

Analysts at reputed Forrester Research have released a study on making the business case for standardizing on a single browser. The report was commissioned by Microsoft, however, so it takes a bit of a limited approach to the browser question.

Microsoft Axes Silverlight.net Site, Is Silverlight itself Next?

Microsoft has dropped the Silverlight.net website and put up a developer's network page instead.

Acquia Snags US$ 30 Million Financing Round, Directs Focus on Europe, APAC

Acquia, which provides products and services in support of the open source web experience management platform Drupal, has completed a US$ 30 million financing round. The company said the financing will be used to push sales and marketing -- particularly in Europe and Asia Pacific.

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