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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 a principal engineer with ThoughtWorks, where he focuses on the leading-edge, innovative, emerging, and nontraditional aspects of web development, such as serverless web apps, mobile web apps (responsive PWAs), HTML5-based smart TV apps, conversational UIs (like Siri and Alexa), and using web technologies to build IoT solutions. Scott is the founder of ThirstyHead.com, a Denver-based training and software development consultancy. Scott is also the cofounder of the Denver HTML5 User Group. Scott has been writing about web development for over 10 years. His books include Getting Started with Grails, Groovy Recipes, GIS for Web Developers, The Google Maps API: Adding Where to Your Web Applications, and JBoss at Work. Scott is also the author of several popular article series at IBM developerWorks, including Mastering MEAN, Mastering Grails, and Practically Groovy. His videos include Architecture of the MEAN Stack, Responsive Mobile Architecture, and On the Road to Angular 2.
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