This is the fourth part in a four-part series. You can read
Part 1 here, Part 2
here, and Part 3 here.
In September 2010, Wired
Magazine ran a cover story with the bombastic title The Web Is Dead.
Long Live the Internet. Needless to say, the piece was met with
raucous debate about the validity of the viewpoint. If you read the article,
you’ll remember that the numbers are tough to argue with. The way the
Internet is utilized has shifted from web browser traffic to distributed
applications that run on devices such as the iPhone, iPad, Android, and even
your desktop (Tweetdeck, anyone?).
For web developers (of which I was one for 12 years), the
pronouncement of the death of the Web is understandably troubling. I also
think it’s a great way to sell magazines, which was unquestionably the
intent of Wired’s editors. I’m not willing to go so far
as to say that the browser is an antiquated piece of technology, waiting to
wither up and pass on into obscurity, and I believe HTML5 could provide a
much-needed boost to the admittedly clunky user experience the browser
Furthermore, we still spend a tremendous amount of time with desktops or laptops, either at the office or at home. Corporations around the world are not likely to toss an iPad and iPhone at you and tell you to do your job—at least not anytime soon. And desktop apps are much more complicated to build since the expectations surrounding ...
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