The future is HTML5


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Visualizing IoT Data with HTML5 Dashboards for Real-Time Action Increasing IoT connectivity is forcing enterprises to find elegant solutions to organize and visualize all incoming data from these connected devices with re-configurable dashboard widgets to effectively allow rapid decision-making for everything from immediate actions in tactical situations to strategic analysis and reporting. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Shikhir Singh, Senior Developer Relations Manager at Sencha, will discuss how to create HTML5 dashboards that interact with IoT devices via Ext JS constructed components like Grids, Charts, and Widgets. Speaker Bio Shikhir Singh is a Senior Developer Relations Manager at Sencha. He specializes in enterprise mobility, JavaScript, and cryptography/security. Prior to joining Sencha, he worked at BlackBerry, Lockheed Martin, Sun Microsystems and a... (more)

To HTML5, or Not to HTML5, That Is the Question

If you've been following Sybase's announcements concerning their plans for future versions of PowerBuilder, you'll know that they are planning for PowerBuilder 15 to be able to generate a Silverlight application and are looking at having it generate applications based on HTML5 as well. If you've been following this column, you'll know I've been arguing that we need Silverlight generation much sooner than that. Back in November of 2008[1], I suggested that by the time PowerBuilder 12 was delivered, Microsoft would have Silverlight 3 out and it would be much more stable and ubiqui... (more)

PowerBuilder – Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

As you may be aware, the company I work for does both PowerBuilder and RIA (Flex) application development. We actually create client/server and web-based front ends for the same application. Doing that has really emphasized just how much faster we can do development using PowerBuilder. Of course, we're originally a PowerBuilder shop, so one could argue we're faster using PowerBuilder because we know it better. But along comes a thread in the Adobe Flex Developers discussion groups on Linkedin with this heading: "I'm sometimes amazed at how unproductive [modern] development tools... (more)

Perhaps I Haven’t Made Myself Clear...

I've been discussing HTML5 for some time now. In July of 2010, I mentioned that I wasn't particularly concerned about PowerBuilder supporting HTML5 in the initial PowerBuilder.NET release (12.5) because: "HTML5 is largely still in its infancy, and there appears to be too much opportunity for it to fragment as previous HTML standards have done." [1] In December of 2010 I devoted an entire editorial to HTML5 [2], noting that: "I have some basic concerns that make me reluctant to recommend using HTML5 as the basis for any line of business application development in the near future." ... (more)

The Need for (HTML5) Speed

An old English proverb observes that "Even a broken clock is right twice a day." A more modern idiom involves a blind squirrel and an acorn, and I'm certain there are many other culturally specific nuggets of wisdom that succinctly describe what is essentially blind luck. The proverb and modern idioms fit well the case of modern acceleration techniques as applied to content delivered to mobile devices. A given configuration of options and solutions may inadvertently be "right" twice a day purely by happenstance, but the rest of the time they may not be doing all that much good. ... (more)

More About HTML5 and Google Chrome

I am glad that I switched over to Chrome. Otherwise it would have taken me lot more effort to go through the site created by Marcin Wichary and modified by Ernest Delgado. If you want to get a feel of what is possible with HTML5 this is a good place to look at. Here is the link. (You can use left and right arrow key to navigate) It is one single page but it behaves like a presentation. It showcases enhancements in JS, HTML & CSS: JS Client Side Storage (Web SQL Database, App Cache, Web Storage) – you can enter text which gets saved locally, you can create a local table Communi... (more)