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Cross-platform development: new tools and updates

Cross-platform development: new tools and updates
Daniel Gumble

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Development / HTML 5 / March 27th 2013 at 11:30AM

How HTML5 could take off even further in 2013.

Research has just been released that supports the view that HTML5 is the cross-platform development language of choice. Kendo UI last month released the results of a global survey of 5,000 developers. This survey found that the majority of developers globally prefer to work with HTML5 than native languages for cross-platform development. A huge 90 per cent of those surveyed also said that they plan to develop apps using HTML5 in 2013 (up from 50 per cent in 2012). Unsurprisingly, when you consider the lack of reach and the time it takes for native app development, only 15 per cent said they preferred this method of cross-platform development.

Cross-platform development is set to take off even further, and analyst research supports that. Smith’s Point Analytics reported recently that the market for cross-platform development (mobile) tools is going to grow from $1.6 billion now to $8.2 billion in 2016.

Intel has just introduced the free Intel HTML5 Development Environment – recently acquired from appMobi. This is great news for developers who want to develop across platforms and need the tools and framework to support them. The environment is a one stop shop for cross-platform development using HTML5, and contains the tools to support app development from editing to debugging to deploying on multiple platforms.

The environment contains a range of tools, including the Intel XDK, a cross platform development kit that enables you to write and distribute your apps. The App Framework and App UI Library is a jQuery-compatible framework containing a range of user interface and user experience elements. There is also the App Starter, a quick-start wizard, which allows you to create an app template. HTML5 programming techniques and best practices are included in the form of sample apps. These automatically take into account different screen resolutions, sizes, aspect ratios and orientations and are a good starting point for your app development.

To access the Intel HTML5 Development Environment, open the Google Chrome browser (other desktop browsers aren’t guaranteed to work with all its features) from a development system with a good network connection. Navigate to the HTML5 section of Intel Developer Zone and register. Then click on the link to the HTML5 Development Environment.

As more and more consumer devices are being released on the market, cross-platform development is becoming an increasingly important topic. For consumers, who often have a multitude of different devices, having apps that run across them all is key. And for developers, being able to develop apps for a variety of devices and platforms means increased opportunity to monetise their creations.  This means more revenue and increased exposure – a win-win situation!

So check out Intel’s HTML5 page and the HTML Development Environment and start developing your app for Windows 8, Android and iOS.

This blog post is written by Softtalkblog, and is sponsored by the Intel Developer Zone, which helps you to develop, market and sell software and apps for prominent platforms and emerging technologies powered by Intel Architecture

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