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Go Crazy, Good Sir: A Response to A. Bouvier

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In a recent blog post on this site, one A. Bouvier posed the question that has been lurking in the backs (and fronts) of minds everywhere: “Is it OK to go HTML5 crazy?”  Those winged words left our browser screens and echoed across the Commonwealth and north across the Ohio River, seeming simply to dissipate into the ether. We all knew the answer to that question—or least hoped that we did.  At any rate, the only thing really crazy is how busy things are around here so we left it at that and got back to work.

A few short weeks later came the response:  Adobe announced its acquisition of Nitobi, the company that created PhoneGap, and is supporting Nitobi’s transfer of PhoneGap to the aegis of the Apache Software Foundation.  PhoneGap is a tool that helps developers to develop cross-platform mobile apps using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript (as opposed to having to develop apps separately in Objective-C, Java, etc. depending on the target platform).   The Apache Software Foundation supports a multitude of great open-source projects, perhaps most notably the Apache web server, the single most widely used web server.  In short, I don’t know exactly what this means for the particulars of the future development process of PhoneGap, but the gist should be that PhoneGap will just keep getting better and better.

Add to this the announcement last week of the release of jQuery Mobile 1.0 RC1, a framework that will aid in the JavaScript component of cross-platform mobile app development, and it seems that, yes, we can and, in fact, already have gone HTML5 crazy here in the Geek Suite.  At least, that’s what I say.  But Katy Miller says we can’t go HTML5 crazy because the Geek Suite is already certifiably loony.

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