two warning messages go off when I read this. First, webKit was the
basis for HP's WebOS.

Note that webkit's abilities or inabilities weren't the demise of webOS (I
am guessing). Here is some reading you can do on WebKit:

It originated from Apple/Safari and is probably one of the most significant
open source contributions in the past 5 years given the browser is where a
significant amount of applications will reside in the future (mobile,
desktop, Internet, Intranet, etc). Chrome is based on Webkit. The Android
and iOS browsers are based on Webkit. In short, there are MANY players
that depend on Webkit's success. Not to say it won't be
politically/emotionally forked in the future (MySQL anyone?) but suffice to
say it is here for at least awhile.

Aaron Bartell

On Tue, Jan 3, 2012 at 9:04 AM, Steve Richter <stephenrichter@xxxxxxxxx>wrote:

On Tue, Jan 3, 2012 at 9:34 AM, Aaron Bartell <aaronbartell@xxxxxxxxx>
How does HTML5 work for apps that are stored and run entirely on the

A very good question and one that has incrementally become possible as
HTML/CSS/Javascript have matured. Take a look at everything going on
HTML5/CSS3 to learn more.

Aaron, thanks for that.

... That is one aspect that
PhoneGap gives you. In my perspective PhoneGap is basically a modified
webkit-based browser engine that allows Javascript to make calls into the
native functionalities of a mobile device (which is what keeps you from
having to write Java or Objective-C). It comes complete with callback
mechanisms and registering for services (i.e. GPS location call backs).

two warning messages go off when I read this. First, webKit was the
basis for HP's WebOS. And HP has just shutdown WebOS. And calling down
to the native device is a suspect in my mind as a vector for viruses
on the device. Better I think to have a fully functional OS on the
handheld device, where all the apps are siloed and can't get at the
other apps.
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