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- Kevin Michaluk, Founder, CrackBerry.com
11-20-2012 09:34 AM
Not a direct issue related to Blackberry though but related to Mobile World, a kind of thought process. We have seen lot of discussions going on Internet for Native vs Webapp specially after HTML5 specification came into picture.
We have seen some Cross Platform Development frameworks also. We have lot of options to choose from which sometimes might confuse a user what to use. So many technologies/platforms. I think that would depend upon what would suit the requirement (May not be 100% but may be close to that)
In case of Mobile app which would consume web services or totally dependent on web services would Webapp or Hybrid app be a better option compared to Native? What are your experiences?
I have posted this in Java forum also to invite views from Native developers. Here is the link.
Please share your experiences.
11-20-2012 12:09 PM
I guess this would depend upon few factors. I think Native app gives the speed as only data fetched from network/web services to populate data in UI where as Webapp would fetch every thing (even the UI, CSS, JS) over the Network which may not give good user experience especially on slow networks.
Webapp may give advantage of catering to more devices but has to be done smartly to fit UI to different device real estates.
One instance, where Facebook scrapped their HTML5 app and went for Native App (for iOS)
11-20-2012 12:53 PM
It makes absolutely no difference if you're worried only about the performance of consuming web services, but it will make a huge difference depending on how the various vendors have implemented various HTML5 elements, what they give you access to via extensions and how complex is your app.
How well is HW accelerated CSS3 working?
How much memory is available to your app?
How limited is your access to the hardware features?
Do you need to do lots of DOM ops (very slow)?
Android is notoriously slow when scrolling lists
BB10 has unreliable timers, but good canvas performance
iOS has awesome performance, but you have a limited amount of memory to work with.
11-20-2012 05:11 PM
From my personal testing, I found a web app(Web Works) to be unreliable and difficult when trying to create a web-connected app. In my opinion, the SDKs, APIs and samples just aren't there yet. Cascades is a more mature project that has far utilities due to the QT community. I'd recommend going native for the time being.
11-21-2012 03:42 AM
If the Webworks API has what you need, try to make a webworks app. If not, go native.
Going native may be harder because of the learning curve. But sometimes you need performance to make the user experience the better possible.
You could also learn xcode/objective C, Java for Android, Java for BlackBerry, Cascades/QT/C++ for BB10... to target all the devices/platforms. Good luck !
11-21-2012 08:29 AM
Yes I think it would depend and one would need to take a call.
That said I see BB10 not supporting Pure Java apps, I can see Java for Android Run time though. That would mean that pure Java apps developed on BB7 would not be forward compatible to BB10. Or may be RIM has a plan to have run time similar to Android runtime to enable run old Java apps on BB10. Doesn't seems to be a good sign.