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> The web really isn't suited for app development at all, as the native mobile markets have demonstrated

Mobile markets have also demonstrated tightly controlled walled gardens, where fast iteration, platform independence and openness have been replaced with strict rules and controls by the market controlling entities. Is that really a direction you want to move in?

The web as a platform is still lacking in terms of User Experience, but id argue its catching up quickly and already far ahead in most other areas.




> The web as a platform is still lacking in terms of User Experience, but id argue its catching up quickly and already far ahead in most other areas.

The web has had quite a long time to get there, yet it is still easier to write a decent application on NEXTSTEP that spawned the web then on the web. You would think we could at least make it as easy as HyperCard or Visual Basic 1.0, but we are still trying to push UI into a format that wasn't designed for it. I'm not sure the ultimate solution, but I get the feeling it will be what comes next and not more iterations of the same.


"openness" - I want to use my favourite language and familiar environment to produce high-performance apps with good UX. The only advice I have heard from "open web" guys so far is to use transpilers (thanks very much). Xamarin and Mono seem to be the only organization that tries to give developers what they are asking for. It's a shame that they have to charge, but it's a reality.




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