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Is RIM Blazing The Trail for HTML5 Mobile Development for Developers?


In case you have not been paying attention RIM is making a huge focus on mobile browser/web development and HTML5 as a platform for the BlackBerry PlayBook OS and BlackBerry 10. A friend of mine sent me a great article by Sencha listing their 2012 HTML5 wishlist and it was interesting to see that their number one wish for “Better Mobile Browser Debugging” is something the BlackBerry PlayBook has done since launch and now BlackBerry smartphones have it too. As somebody once told me the best way to debug a Website/HTML5 App for any mobile platform is on the BlackBerry PlayBook.

Other things Sencha highlighted is WebGL which is coming in BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 next month along with compliance and standardization across browsers for HTML5 support. On that front the BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet OS 1.0 still holds its own on HTML5Test rankings and the upcoming OS 2.0 PlayBook beta outranks all the tablet competition. Better yet the latest PlayBook OS 2.0 beta improves things even further with a score of 342.

If you are a web/HTML5 developer I am really curious what you think of RIM’s efforts in this direction. RIM has yet to release any of their own apps as HTML5 WebWorks apps but they are pushing strongly in that direction. Let us know what you think!

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  1. Great to see such a high test score and all these new features coming to Webworks, but as far as I’m concerned, RIM is taking the piss!

    For as long as they don’t plug their serious backup flaw that allows anyone to download apps’ source code from the PlayBook, I don’t see how developers can take RIM seriously.
    You can’t really protect HTML or Flash code if you have the “compiled” app anyway, but RIM is just making it too easy.
    On the other hand, it’s funny to see how careless some apps devs are :D. Some will fail to remove scripts that contain signing passwords, others will leave all the comments, and you will find API keys buried in the code too.

    And one thing WebWorks is sorely missing: node.js. We want to be able to consume real time data without having to give money to Adobe.

  2. Don’t blame CEO, they want RIM win.

    RIM has strange culture and self distruct political environment.

    In RIM if a new hired person figure out major problem and introduce efficient approach, both manager and his buddy group member will proof their wrong approach works. just like someone point out driving a car is right way, pushing a car is wrong way, then both manager and his buddy group member will hate you, and proof that 3 person can also move the car by pushing it. cheating email will be sent to some vice president, saying like: see, the car moving, pushing a car is a natural part of the process, in order to deny new hired contribution of introducing skill of drive a car, they have to deny merit of driving a car.

    It is very strange company culture and strange company political environment, it promote stealing and cheating skill. RIM’s management may be a typical instance in MBA course.

    This culture deny or steal hardworking team members’ contribution/innovation, generate strange political environment, destroy RIM.

    So don’t blame CEO, some of their VPs and VPs’ expert generate terrible culture and self destruct political environment.

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