HTML5: The New Future of Web Development

May 6, 2014HTML5

HTML5 is quickly becoming the new way of presenting websites, videos, and games without downloading a billion add-ons and clogging up the computer’s memory space.  That’s one of the many benefits of using HTML5.  As more and more websites use HTML5, the easier it is for developers to code and the more creative and beautiful the websites will be.

One thing about internet browsers is that they are heavy CPU users.  Even though a large number of people have computers connected to the internet, the computer’s hardware isn’t updated constantly like smartphones or other tech.  Thus, many computers at work and home may not be as efficient as browsers need them to be.  This causes a lot of websites – especially those with heavy graphics and videos – to slow down browsing.  HTML5 changes it up by offloading the work to the GPU and has increased the speed of browsing for many users.

HTML5 is the new tech for web development.  Who wouldn’t want to use new tech, especially if it could get rid of some of the most common problems internet browsers and developers face.  Of course CSS is not going to fall behind and CSS3 is the newest iteration.  CSS3 is going to be talked alongside HTML5 when it comes to web development.  Both increase the ease of coding and reducing the time it takes to code and develop a beautiful looking site.  The number of files on a site is reduced to help viewers to load websites faster and allow for quicker browsing.

Another great thing about HTML5 is its cross-platform ability.  No need to optimize a website separately for Chrome or Firefox, but have it ready for any browser (which most browsers support) to easily present at an optimal rate.  HTML5’s ability to present a website on all different kinds of platforms, allows the lives of coders and developers to be more efficient in developing and troubleshooting a single site opposed to multiple browsers.  It also makes it cost effective for developers to develop for one browser than for five or even more browsers instead of wasting time and precious resources.

New functions have also been added to CSS3 and HTML5, meaning features that were impossible on the old platforms.  No more downloads for Flash or even updating the countless number of add-ons users need just to play a game or view a graphic.  Now developers can create complex and dynamic visual effects through codes rather than using an additional plug-in.

For mobile devices, HTML5 is the future, especially for apps.  Knowing there are two key companies (Apple and Google) vying for the top spot and one small market share (Microsoft) in the mobile space, it doesn’t seem too crowded.  However, for developers, it is difficult path.  Unlike browsers, iOS, Android, and Windows are all different platforms causing developers to create at least two different apps for the mobile market.  HTML5 will get rid of the creation of multiple versions of one app and present a more cost-effective option for development.

Even with all the good news for HTML5 for mobile, it still isn’t big enough for developers to look into.  The biggest problem is the lack of a platform for HTML5 apps to be distributed on.  Currently Amazon one distributor of HTML5 apps, but until more HTML5 apps or developed and distributed properly, HTML5 for mobile is going to take more time to catch up to its browser brethren.

Learning to use HTML5 or even CSS3 can help create some wonderful websites that act like web applications. Allowing developers to play and have more leeway in creating a website instead of being confined to certain number of coding and other add-ons.  HTML5 will be the basic code for many – if not all – websites and will make the internet and mobile spaces much more useful and beautiful.