Linked by fran on Tue 26th Jul 2011 21:45 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones "Mozilla today announced Boot to Gecko , a very ambitious project that aims to create a 'complete, standalone operating system for the open web'. This project's goal is to develop what seems like a ChromeOS-like operating system where all the apps are based on HTML5."
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Meh
by Not2Sure on Wed 27th Jul 2011 03:44 UTC
Not2Sure
Member since:
2009-12-07

I have never really understood the drive to use HTML/JS for user interfaces or "browsers is the OS" platforms. We did it because that's what we needed to do get on as many screens as possible, which is not the issue in mobile/smartphone development.

I know alot of unemployed web people are looking for work but.. talk about your impedance mismatch. Just my $0.02.

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RE: Meh
by fran on Wed 27th Jul 2011 16:53 in reply to "Meh"
fran Member since:
2010-08-06

Not according to Stanford..Computer science 101 is now taught in Javascript.
http://www.stanford.edu/class/cs101/

Javascript is the future.

Javascript, HTML5, CSS3 and php for database driven function makes magic in the hands of a pro. Writing your javascript application in Coffeescript is fast and enjoyable.

Want to write of full blown enterprise server side application. No probs use Node.js and enjoy superfast cloud applications.
Use Ruby or Clojure no probs..there is interpreters that rewrite your code to javascript.

Clojure to Javascript
http://www.infoq.com/news/2011/07/clojurescript

The programming is full of language snubbery.
Good Javascript and HTML5 programmers will only rise.

Still unsure about Javascript's capability.
Read Javascript a definitive guide by David Flanagan.
All 1018 pages of it.

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RE: Meh
by Tom9729 on Wed 27th Jul 2011 19:49 in reply to "Meh"
Tom9729 Member since:
2008-12-09

The idea is that an HTML5 app is very portable, and the barrier to entry is low. All you really need to get started is a web browser and a text editor. Contrast that to iOS where you need OS X, Xcode, and a developers license; or Android where you need the ADK and generally a real device (the emulator is not very good).

It's also not very hard to create a quick native wrapper for your HTML5 app, and several solutions already exist (eg. Phonegap) that expose native APIs via Javascript.

Of course you're still at the mercy of whatever parts of HTML5 the mobile browsers support, which I think is one of Mozilla's really valid points here.

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