Leveraging on HTML5 For Web Apps Development – Benefits and Challenges

Lucie Kruger 02nd Dec 2014

HTML5 is no longer a new entrant in the web industry; it's been years since we're using it. In fact, it has now become a W3C standard. One of the biggest reasons that led to the increasing popularity of the HTML5 platform is that it helps in developing web applications that are compatible and accessible across multiple devices. This is why, HTML5 platform has become the choice for the majority of individuals for their mobile app development project.


The new HTML5 standard enables developers to build more dynamic web content and web applications. In spite of the benefits of HTML5 web technology, a lot of debate is going-on in the web world regarding whether this technology is “here to stay” or will “abate in the coming years”. In order to reach to some conclusion about this debate let's look at some of the major benefits and a few challenges you may have to face when choosing HTML5 for web application development. 


Benefits of HTML5 Web App Development

Cut Down Time and Money: The same HTML5 app can work on multiple mobile operating systems – be it is iOS, Android, Blackberry or any other; this helps in reducing the cost of app development – which is quite low compared to creating native apps for each OS. There are people out there that argues that building an HTML5 app takes longer time than creating a native application.


But you shouldn't forget that in order to build a native app that can be accessed across multiple platforms, you'll need to build multiple apps. However, you only need to create an app once using HTML5 – which helps save a lot of your time and money.


Less Maintenance Required: Another great benefit of using HTML5 for web app development for mobile devices is that the updates take place automatically, and so users don't have to perform them manually. Since the applications get automatically updated, you don't have to invest much for their maintenance. Moreover, updating multiple versions of apps can be a lot challenging for developers, and will require them to spend a considerable amount of time.

Let's consider a scenario, wherein you’re in some remote area and want to update your app, and you receive a message stating the “file you need to upload is too large”. And so, you can't carry out the update till your device isn't connected to a Wi-Fi network. This can be a lot frustrating. However, you won't encounter such issue when developing an HTML web application.


Extends Reach:  If you stay glued to the web world, then you probably have an idea of how users' interest in JavaScript app development is increasing. In fact, a lot of buzz has been going around developing JS apps using Node.js as an application server, MongoDB as NOSQL databases and so on. And, HTML5 through new JavaScript APIs aims at bringing robust communication, online data storage, and file management capabilities to the mobile browser. This clearly indicates that the new specifications will help extend the reach of HTML5 apps than the native apps.


Challenges Associated With HTML5 Web App Development


Poor Performance on Mobile: The execution speed of the web apps developed using HTML5 has been a major area of concern among developers – that often hold them back from using HTML5 for developing cross-platform and game apps. And what makes it one of the biggest challenges is the fact that performance has been more prominent on mobile devices, especially the ones having limited processing power.


Security: As we all know, security should be of primary concern especially for enterprises that seeks to choose a development methodology for building mobile apps. But adding security measures to the app can be painful for users. Let's take an example, let's say, you've built a web app with authentication. In order to access that particular app – users will have to enter their login credentials every time when the app is re-opened or returns after the background task has completed.


Wrapping Up!


Looking at the benefits that HTML5 we can say that it's here to stay. However, this web technology also has some constraints that indicate that HTML5 might not be the right choice for everyone, but is definitely a potential source to deliver content across multiple devices. Ultimately, it's just the matter of choosing the right development tool for your product.

Authored By Lucie Kruger

Lucie Kruger is a Senior Content Editor and IT consultant for Mobiers - mobile app development services provider. She provides concrete information on latest technologies like iOS, android mobile apps development.

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