[OT] 13 essential programming tools for the mobile Web | Mobile Technology - InfoWorld

Björnke von Gierke bvg at mac.com
Mon Jun 13 17:55:30 CDT 2011

altho it is much easier to create one code for several platforms in LC, then for example in C, it's still a huge annoyance to deal with platform specifics.

just think about saving stuff on desktops. you need to use a two- (or three-)way platform switch just for the default location to save to. when the application closes, and you want to make sure work is saved, you need to use three different approaches to really catch all quit-scenarios. and then there's the (only recently added) unsaved document marker for mac os x.  and there's a lot more of these pitfalls. on mobile it's even worse, because of the complete lack of native widgets (unless you're making games).

now these things are small adjustments compared to (for example) java or even flash. but still, they can be annoying enough to make the adverspeek of "develop once, run everywhere" sound very grating.

On 14 Jun 2011, at 00:28, Paul Foraker wrote:

> http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/13-essential-programming-tools-the-mobile-web-246
> *When it comes to programming for mobile devices, choice quickly becomes
> dilemma. Do you target the lucrative iPhone market at the expense of
> Android's rising tide? Do you go native or write code to the mobile Web? And
> while a single stack of code that performs optimally on an increasingly wide
> array of platforms, form factors, and devices would be the dream, the
> reality is a fragmented trial in which rudimentary tasks can often be a
> challenge.
> *I'm thinking maybe the author missed something.
> -- Paul
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