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Enterprise Web Development by Victor Rasputnis, Viktor Gamov, Anatole Tartakovsky, Yakov Fain

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Chapter 14. Epilogue

Even though this book is about HTML5, the authors would rather work with compiled languages that produce applications running on virtual machines. Such software platforms are more productive for development and more predictable for deployment.

HTML5 Is Not a Rosy Place

While writing this book, we often argued about the pros and cons of switching to HTML5, and so far we are concerned that the HTML/JavaScript/CSS platform is not overly productive for developing enterprise applications just yet. We live in an era when amateurs feel comfortable creating websites, and HTML with a little JavaScript inserted provides the flexibility and customization that Microsoft Access and Excel provided in the good old PC times.

Until this day, Microsoft Excel remains the most popular application among business users in enterprises. They start Excel locally, and it has local storage that enables work in occasionally connected scenarios. Both the data and the code are physically located close to the user’s heart. Microsoft Excel makes it possible for users to have their own little pieces of data and amateurish-but-working code (a.k.a. formulas) very close and personal, right on the desktop. Fine print: until their computer crashes due to viruses or other problems. No need to ask those IT prima donnas for programming favors. Business users prefer not being dependent on connectivity or some mysterious servers being slow or down. The most advanced business users even learn how to operate ...

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