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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 the founder of ThirstyHead.com, a training and consulting company that that specializes in leading-edge technology solutions like HTML 5, NoSQL, Groovy, and Grails.
Scott has been writing about web development for over 10 years. His books include JBoss at Work (O’Reilly), The Google Maps API (Pragmatic Bookshelf), GIS for Web Developers (Pragmatic Bookshelf), Groovy Recipes (Pragmatic Bookshelf), and Getting Started with Grails (InfoQ). Scott is also the author of two popular article series at IBM developerWorks—Mastering Grails and Practically Groovy.
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