While HTML5 is a programming language that is only gaining popularity, there are some rather big fish not entirely sold on everything it can do. One such big fish is the founder and CEO of the biggest social networking site in the world. Mark Zuckerberg (News - Alert) has moved his company away from HTML5 and towards native applications. Despite that move, Zuckerberg recently spoke positively about the programming language during Facebook’s (News - Alert) first quarter earnings call last week.
During the call, Zuckerberg was asked what he thought about the browser technology and development tools when being compared to native applications. Specifically he was asked what he thought might happen to the technology in the next two or three years. Zuckerberg replied that timing matters quite a bit in the Internet.
The founder of one site that has pushed technology in a number of different directions, talked about how he would have liked to push HTML5 forward faster, but didn’t want to upset the applecart when it came to Google (News - Alert) and Apple. Both of those companies are still very big fans of the native application and have some serious issues when it comes to the universal applications that HTML5 makes possible.
Despite moving his own company off of HTML5 and onto native applications for Android (News - Alert) and iOS, Zuckerberg is still obviously in favor of looking at HTML5 in the future. “I don’t want to sound like we’ve walked away from this, because a large number of people access Facebook from the mobile Web, and I don’t know if we break that out specifically, but it’s quite a large number of people.” Zuckerberg said during the conference call.
The man who knows the Internet better than almost anyone else is clearly not planning on giving up on HTML5 and what it can do anytime soon. It seems likely there will indeed be more work being done on that particular front over the next few years, if not the next few months.
Edited by Maurice Nagle