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Mobile Apps Mobility: An evaluation of HTML5 for cross-platform development
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering, Department of Computer and Information Science.
2013 (English)MasteroppgaveStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In recent years, there has been a growing interest in cross-platform development and HTML5 as a development tool. The possibility for developers to code once and run on multiple platforms could decrease development costs and make it easier to target more platforms and reach more people. The popularity of HTML5 has attracted developers to create tools that make the development process easier and faster. The goal of this thesis is to evaluate the use of HTML5 as development tool for cross-platform development, based on a case study where a prototype of a context-aware application for news recommendation is built. This goal is reached by studying current technologies, as well as the implemented solution of the mobile news application. After the theoretical study and implementation of the mobile news application is completed, an evaluation of the findings are carried out to check if HTML5 is suitable for cross-platform mobile application development, based on the given use case. The evaluation results are then used to give a conclusion about how well suited HTML5 is for this purpose. The mobile news application has been developed both as a pure web application and a hybrid application, where Apache Cordova is used as framework for the hybrid approach. Evaluation of the two development approaches and the findings in this thesis shows that the hybrid approach was slightly better than the pure web approach for the given case, especially when looking at the quality of the application.

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Institutt for datateknikk og informasjonsvitenskap , 2013. , 142 p.
URN: urn:nbn:no:ntnu:diva-23044Local ID: ntnudaim:7494OAI: diva2:656460
Available from: 2013-10-15 Created: 2013-10-15 Last updated: 2013-10-15Bibliographically approved

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