Bringing HTML5 into Nativelandia: A Tale of Caution

A session at Velocity Europe 2012

Wednesday 3rd October, 2012

4:55pm to 5:35pm (GMT)

Facebook was an early adopter of HTML5 as a platform for the number one application on every major mobile computing platform. After more than a year of iteration, testing, metrics, and lesson-learning, we’ve struck a balance between HTML5 and native development. The greatest takeaway from the experience for us is learning the amazing array of hidden costs associated with building for the web as a native application. This talk will delve into:

  • key performance differences of web views and web pages (driven by FB metrics—very data-centric/charty)
  • apples-to-oranges comparison of web views to native rendering
  • the major constraints of HTML5 as a platform for large-scale mobile apps (render perf, caching, offline state, lack of tooling, native-integration point costs, etc.)
  • a laundry list of the lessons learned in the process of building a native/web hybrid application
  • the challenge/opportunity of HTML5 as a platform from the perspective of “move fast” culture
  • a brief discussion of what balance FB has struck going forward

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Jackson Gabbard

Mobile engineer, bike rider, word nerd bio from Twitter

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Time 4:55pm5:35pm GMT

Date Wed 3rd October 2012

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