Not all HTML5 Approaches to Building Mobile and Desktop Web Business Apps are Created Equal

Finding a better way to mobility through rapid HTML5 software development tools

Smart companies are clearly interested in taking advantage of mobility and are looking to build an increasing number of mobile business apps in order to achieve a competitive advantage. But, when companies dive into the pool and start evaluating software development tools to get the job done, the stark realities of actually getting these mobile and desktop web applications built in a timely and affordable manner start sinking in.

Building business apps that run well on mobile devices and the desktop web is a difficult and complex problem for many reasons. Two of the most critical are:

  1. The added complexity caused by the need to build business applications that take advantage of and are optimized for both the desktop web and for a variety of mobile devices with varying screen sizes
  2. An acute shortage of people with the necessary coding skills to build mobile business applications
The need to build apps once to run on multiple target platforms has resulted in increased popularity for HTML5 and HTML5 software development tools. According to reports from Forrester and Gartner, by the end of 2015, more than 80% of business applications will be built using HTML5!

But there's more to the story

While HTML5 has the intrinsic benefit of allowing applications to be built once and then run on various target devices, it still requires significant low-level coding involving HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS3 on the front-end (browser), and SQL, reporting, security, charting, REST service calls, image/video handling, etc on the back-end (server).

There has to be a faster and easier way.  We think there is and our customers agree. It is called Alpha Anywhere.

Video: Alpha Anywhere vs. other popular HTML5 software development tools

To illustrate the difference between building mobile apps using the Alpha Anywhere way (high-level with coding being optional) and the low-level approach (using Sencha as an example) where lots of coding is required, we created this short video that compares and contrasts the two approaches through an example in which a mobile app is built to capture images from a phone into a database.

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About Author

Richard Rabins
Richard Rabins

Co-founder of Alpha Software, Richard Rabins focuses on strategy, sales, and marketing. Richard also served as CEO of SoftQuad International from 1997 to 2001, when it owned Alpha. In addition to his 30 years with the company, Richard played a key role as co-founder, and served as president and chairman of the Massachusetts Software Council (now the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council), the largest technology trade organization in Massachusetts. Prior to founding Alpha, Richard was a project leader and consultant with Information Resources, Inc. (IRI), and a management consultant with Management Decision Systems, Inc. Richard holds a master's degree in system dynamics from the Sloan School at MIT, and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and master's degree in control engineering from University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has served on the boards of Silent Systems, Legacy Technology and O3B Networks, and is co-founder of Tubifi

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