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Two major new features of HTML5 – application cache and local storage – allow you to bring the web experience to your users, even when the web isn’t there. Application cache allows you to write fully functional web applications that work offline as well as online. Local storage allows you to store megabytes of data locally (natch) without having to install a separate database. Combine these two features, and you can begin writing web applications for mobile devices (iPhone, iPad, and Android) that behave like native applications – right down to the icon on the desktop.
But don’t think that these features only work for mobile web development. They are available on PC-based web browsers as well – yes, even Internet Explorer.
Scott Davis is the founder of ThirstyHead, a training and consulting company that that specializes in leading-edge technology solutions like HTML5, the MEAN stack, mobile development, and smart TV development. Scott also cofounded the HTML5 Denver Users Group in 2011. Scott is the author and presenter of several O’Reilly videos, including Exploring the Architecture of the MEAN Stack and Responsive Mobile Architecture: Refactoring into Mobile HTML5. Scott’s books include JBoss at Work (O’Reilly), The Google Maps API (Pragmatic Bookshelf), GIS for Web Developers (Pragmatic Bookshelf), Groovy Recipes (Pragmatic Bookshelf), and Getting Started with Grails (InfoQ). Scott is also the author of several popular article series at IBM developerWorks, including Mastering Grails, Practically Groovy, and Mastering MEAN.
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