The following is information we learned from Dan Menard (dan-menard.com ) when he gave us an internal presentation on HTML5. This is the final post in this series on HTML 5.
In my last blog post I explained how you can stay up-to-date on the latest HTML5 topics. In my final HTML5 post (for now!) I’ll cover some of the on-the-ground lessons we’ve learned from recent mobile web development projects.
1) Mobile projects take a LONG time to ramp up
Getting a mobile web project ramped up will always take longer than you expect and the process can be painful. You need to be prepared to learn new things, make mistakes and accept delays. That’s because HTML5 tools, frameworks and technologies are always changing and you can’t simply replicate things from one project to the next. New, more effective tools are continuously available, so you will always need to set aside time beforehand to determine whether they will apply and, if so, how to use them.
Even if your development team is made up of superstars with lots of mobile web experience, our advice is to set aside more ramp up time than you think you’ll need, because there will always be a lot to learn.
2) You’re not going to get it right on the first try
Mobile web development is *really* hard. On almost every project I’ve been involved with, we’ve ended up throwing away the first bit of code we produced. There’s a learning curve associated with new HTML5 frameworks like Sencha Touch or jQuery mobile, and you’ll find that your initial code will need to be rewritten as you learn more about its intricacies.
To avoid having to write *too* much code, it can be helpful to set out guidelines for your team to ensure that you have a strong architectural pattern in place. This will help you to avoid making the same mistake over and over and will help you develop an app that is easier to maintain.
Also, you need to run good code reviews on mobile app projects. Strict code reviews early in the project will help you to stay organized and avoid negative design patterns.
Final Thoughts on HTML5
We’re excited about HTML5 because it offers so many new features, supports the latest multimedia and can really speed and enhance development – especially for mobile apps. This blog series has only scratched the surface of what you’ll be able to accomplish with HTML5. If you have any specific questions or want help deciding whether HTML5 is right for an upcoming project, drop me a line!
About the Author
Didier Thizy has been a software professional for 13 years, holding a variety of positions in Software R&D and Product Management.
At Macadamian, Didier is Macadamian's VP Consulting, responsible for a cross-functional unit of design and development consultants specializing in healthcare software. His focus areas include healthcare software, usability of complex systems, and modern mobile and web technologies.
Didier is an active member of HIMSS, the Toronto Product Management Association, Silicon Valley Product Management Association, and the Ottawa OCRI association for technology.
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