Developers look for HTML5 for Mobile Business Intelligence Apps.

Mobile business intelligence (BI) market is facing one major issue these days that is when vendors need to develop multiple versions of an application to run on all types of mobile platforms which leads to a drawn out development process and increased production costs. However, the steady growth of HTML5 may eradicate this issue forever with the exclusive capability of running application in a browser instead on a local device.

How HTML 5 can obliterate the multiple version issue?

HTML5 development will allow the developer to develop only one version of an app that will be successfully run on all HTML5 supporting browsers. In case web app developers need to add other functionalities which are accessed via web language, he can render support from mobile app development framework solutions like Adobe’s PhoneGap and Appcelerator. They wrap HTML5 code with native API’s very easily. Moreover, with big names endeavor mobile BI apps, thus makes mobile BI market the most disruptive one.

Multiple versions for one application.

With the substantial growth of smartphone devices in the business enterprise market and ‘anywhere; and ‘anytime’ is the most sought after features in BI solution, developers have understood that it is highly imperative to offer solution that is available everywhere. However the ability to adduce such type of product comes at the cost of both time and money. In case vendor want to develop an app for all available platforms like BlackBerry, Apple, Android and Windows, he need to develop to do so separately for each platform.

In addition to the time and money it costs, it is not a flexible model when an update has to create for the core app, the change has to be made to very platform that needs to be supported. Earlier there was no technology that could proffer the same type of rich interface that is associated with a native application, but it seems that HTML 5 will bring a change.

HTML5: permits reuse of cod.e

HTML5 development is new conceptualized web language and in under development since 2004. Features making it so special are its ability to offer and run stands alone Rich Internet Apps. It was not the case with HTML5’s predecessors until they get support from third party tools and plug-in such as Adobe Flash and Microsoft Silverlight.

The benefit of going for hybrid approach like HTML5 web development is that developers can cut out the redundancy of code for every new platform they want to deploy on. Instead, code written on HTML5 can be reused on any desired platform.

HTML 5 not safe for secure business applications.

HTML 5 is applauded as the as the programming language that will enable developers to attain multi purpose web application development and ultimately solve many issues faced by mobile application development.
The buzz is supported by a recent survey conducted from 12, 00 developers, which found that more than 75 percent are using or planning to use HTML 5 standard for application development. This is all due to the Adobe’s public denouncement of Flex in favor of HTML 5. It also acclaimed it as the best technology for development and deployment of rich content the browser across the mobile platforms.

HTML 5 offers many real advantages in the consumer space and also for tools such as social media and video. According to some experts, the reality is that HTML 5 development is not enough for the enterprise applications. This programming standard would face issues like security, synchronicity and the fact that it is still evolving as a language which makes it more unreliable for enterprise applications. All who are planning the mobilization of business applications they must prioritize that sensitive data is kept safe and applications must perform as they required to do.

The data security is the main concern in HTML 5 development. The major vulnerabilities associated with HTML 5 applications are phishing, malware and denial of service attacks. According to reports, HTML 5 promotes cyber crime. It may invent new ways to trick people for passing on potential sensitive data or installing malware.

The fact that HTML 5 is still a evolving language. W3C will not finalize the definition of HTML 5 for several more years to come which is a matter of concern about its validity and reliability. But in coming years, when 4G will arrive, many such concerns will vanish but till then HTML 5 is considered in context of 3G technology which is not a fool proof technology.

In next four to five years, when 4G will be here HTML 5 may have matured enough to be trusted for wide range of enterprise applications and development purposes. Till then, it is advisable that for developing classic business applications, it is more sensible to go for native development. It means that applications can be optimized to the programming interface that a specific device platforms offers.

Various mobile applications platforms are built in the same arena as HTML 5- develop once and deploy anywhere. The advantage of native mobile applications that they will not proffer above stated issues of security, synchronicity and reliability.

How HTML 5 can Affect Search Engine Optimization.

What is relationship between HTML 5 and SEO? It has been one of convoluted queries on the web for a while. When some web analysts said that HTML 5 may reduce the scope of Search Engine Optimization, many others opposed this claim.

Here are some supposed effects of HTML 5 may bring on SEO. But before, that we will discuss what is HTML 5? HTML is a language standard to structure and design pages for the web. HTML 5 is the fifth revised edition of HTML standard, which was formed in 1990 and is direct successor to 1997’s HTML 4.

HTML 5 offers improved flexibility for web developers and designers. When combined with CSS3, HTML 5 can create a magic on the web. HTML 5 is expected to replace Flash animation to a large extent. HTML 5‘s use of Gradient, Transitions, Canvas and Transforms which largely influence the designing of web pages. For SEO, HTML 5 is considered as a serious threat because of its new semantic elements. It is feared that they will determine search engine page ranks of web sites in future.

These all claims are presumptuous that HTML 5 will evolve the entire SEO concept. Search Engine Optimization is an effort to develop the traffic to a particular web site via article submissions, link building and other social media campaigns. According to reliable resources HTML 5 will never be a threat for Search engine optimization. Page rankings of a web site are more dependent on relevant content and quality back links. HTML5’s semantic elements will not affect SEO in any way.

On the other hand, HTML 5 has many useful semantic elements and tags. Unlike its previous versions, HTML 5 has offered many multiple options to its developers.

They are not capable enough to beat SEO techniques in bringing a web page in top list of search engine results. We can say that HTML 5 and SEO will compliment each other and go hand in hand.

Flex and Flash is still there, inspite of HTML5/Javascript

There is lot of turmoil after Adobe announced its future plans for the Flex and Flash development community. Adobe announced that Flex will be contributed to the open source development. This left everyone from the community amazed and in doubt. But it is assured that Flex and Flash is not dead.

It is said that Adobe is still commited to the Flash builder and would make certain that Flash developers are able to work on Flash Builder as they use to in the upcoming release of the Flex SDK. Moreover, it is also reported that Adobe will continue to render support to already Flex contract holders.

Adobe in actual is working on two proposals including, incubation of the Flex SDK and BlazeDS at the Apache server. Along with donation of core FLEX SDK, there are some other offerings also for donation:

  1. Unreleased Spark components inclusive of Viewstack, Accordion, Datefield, Datechooser and improved Datagrid.
  2. BlazeDS which is server based java remoting and web messaging technology. It let the developers to connect very quickly to back end distributed data in real time to Flex application.
  3. FALCON, next generation MXML and Action Script compiler.
  4. Flex Testing tools for high quality Flex Development.

After Adone announced this, Adobe will no longer be the owner of the stupendous Flex. Instead, now Apache will be the owner and Flex will be governed with their own well established community rules. So, we can expect that Adobe engineers will working closely with key community leaders for new versions of the Flex SDK.

In the end, Adobe said it will surely not terminate its services to the Flex and continue supporting through Flah Player and Adobe AIR.

This all change could be due to roar of HTML5/ Javascript. These technologies has marked their strong presence on the internet in very less time. Thus giving Flex Development a hard time.