Web vs Native (was Re: HTML5 limitations?)

Matt Maier blueback09 at gmail.com
Thu Jul 27 13:48:32 EDT 2017

Word. I barely have any experience and I've already run into multiple
users/customers who think that "add to homescreen" is impossible hacker

High market penetration of smartphones doesn't mean anyone actually has any
idea how to use their smartphone. Most people are at about the
Fischer-Price My First Shapes and Colors level. Except that they've aged
out of the phase where it's easy to learn new things. So they feel like an
idiot baby and it takes way too much effort to push through the learning

A lot of developers use "hybrid apps" (like PhoneGap) as the quickest,
easiest way to get a web app into the app store(s). It doesn't actually
have an app in it. It's basically just a browser with a built-in link to
the web app. But there are a lot of users who don't understand how to use
the app if it's not in the app store.

On Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 9:56 AM, Bob Sneidar via use-livecode <
use-livecode at lists.runrev.com> wrote:

> Which point illustrates something I'm sure seasoned developers have known
> for a long time: There is no way to write an app so that it will satisfy
> everyone, especially these days with all the ways to deliver an app!
> To illustrate, I had a gal here in the office lose some documents, because
> I had to reinitialize the copier HD in order to fix a problem that
> installing a web app for the copier had caused. Come to find out, she scans
> documents and keeps them stored on the copier for many days until she can
> get around to processing them. I asked her why she didn't just scan the
> documents directly into our document management app, and she said she
> doesn't do things that way, but instead uses Acrobat (or some other app) to
> become one PDF!
> So I told her that it would be much better having each kind of document as
> a discreet document, so that routing each document somewhere else would not
> require her to pull the document apart again. Her response was, "This is
> the way I have always done it. This is the way I will always do it. I am
> not going to change!"
> Oh kay then. Turns out you cannot program around human will.
> Bob S
> > On Jul 27, 2017, at 09:03 , Richard Gaskin via use-livecode <
> use-livecode at lists.runrev.com> wrote:
> >
> > But we're making an app anyway, because of feedback from his customers
> which suggests that using bookmarks on mobile is too onerous.  They
> expressed a very strong preference for having in icon on their home screen,
> and even the one step needed to put a bookmark on their home screen was
> perceived as too difficult.  They'd much rather find, download, and install
> an app just to get an easy launch.
> >
> > --
> > Richard Gaskin
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