Apps or via browser using HTML5

Mike Kerner MikeKerner at
Wed Nov 22 11:23:27 EST 2017

We have had this discussion multiple times, on both this list and in the
forums, if memory serves.

On Wed, Nov 22, 2017 at 3:32 AM, Pyyhtiä Christer via use-livecode <
use-livecode at> wrote:

> It might be this discussion has already been on this list.
> Recently I have seen and heard future views on the time of apps running in
> the users' devices getting past in a few years. This means the apps run in
> servers and use standard browsers running HTML5 and an efficient language
> snippets sent to the browser to manage the user interaction between the
> device and the application running in the server. Obviously this scenario
> is assuming there would be the de facto language, now JavaScript, to
> support it.
> I find a few problems here. One is the devices will always have
> non-standard functionality, because the development of the world doesn't
> stop, further forcing the development of the interim language as well.
> Second, your application will not be able to use the best features of the
> user's device, be it screen density, size, form or other jingles and bells,
> as you are limited to work to meet the needs in the most popular devices
> only.  In essence you have to implement your app in the server in a few
> versions of these different devices anyway.  Third, the bandwidth in comms
> is limiting the complexity of the displayed graphics; despite of 4G/LTE the
> operators have strangled the channels due to the fact they cannot expand
> the networks at the speed the demand is growing especially due to the
> growth of the use of streaming videos; this has taken place in the leading
> countries of mobile data usage.  Fourth, regarding the development of
> applications using LiveCode, will the most of my efforts go into
> maintaining the interim language scripts or putting the most of the time
> into developing the app of my great idea.  Finally, when would be the time
> LiveCode server would allow me to use all the API's, widgets etc what I
> have available at the device level today, and what would it cost to me to
> run everything in the server?
> Just wanted to see if there is interest on this topic in this user group.
> rgds
> christer
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