If you’re just getting started with web apps, this article over at VentureBeat, while advanced, does provide a history of how webpages have morphed from single static HTML pages to fully functional “apps” that can work entirely inside the browser, without requiring a round trip to the server.
Since the dawn of the Web, the browsing experience has worked like this: a web browser would request a particular page (say, “
That last sentence should give you some insight into what’s coming – no longer will you need to download an “app” from the various stores – you’ll just need to visit the URL in any web browser, on any device, be it desktop, phone or tablet, and the operating system you use will also mean nothing. So whether you use Windows, OSX or *nix, you’ll still be able to access these web apps.
The single-page app
We’ll be talking about single-page and multi-page apps a bit later on, but I thought it worthwhile to show this snippet to reinforce the idea that web apps are (can be) just that – a single page app. We’ll get more into how a single page app can work in a future lesson, and also take a look at how multi-page apps work also.
And lastly, here’s a video you might like:
How about that? My take on that, is even though it pretty much promotes the Google Chrome browser (and why wouldn’t you use it – its available on pretty much any platform – I have it installed as a native app on my iPhone) it just goes to show that if you create your own web app, you can submit it to the Google Chrome webstore for the rest of the world to discover and install on their copy of Chrome.
Win, win, win.
So, what web app is in your future? What do you want to build? Visit the forums and let us know. We’ll help you as much as we can.