I could probably blog a post a day about my disdain for web apps, cross-platform apps, and any other lowest common denominator computing experience. I refrain due to the fact that I wouldn’t want to bore the living crap out of my dad, my brother and the one or two other people who read my blog on occasion. Even so, I have made my feelings known on a few occasions, although usually a bit tangentially:
- Microsoft and the End of Cross-Platform Application Frameworks (again)
- Google OS
- I love this tweet…
- The Dinosaur
Alex Payne has penned a very cogent work on yet another user-experience failure of the mythical first-class cross-platform toolkit / language. I love this comparison:
Imagine a new restaurant that wants to make the most of their burgeoning lunch traffic. They start serving low-quality meat: after all, itâ€™s cheap, plentiful, and requires nothing more than placing a different order with their distributor. For a few weeks, profits are up. But pretty soon, so are customer complaints, and the stars on their Yelp page are rapidly dwindling. The owner doesnâ€™t understand. The meat isnâ€™t great, sure, but itâ€™s perfectly edible, and for a while it seemed like the restaurant was making more money and attracting new customers. What went wrong?
Of course, no matter how times IT departments and businesses flaunt the idea that the Web or Flash or cross-platform widget toolkit is “good enough”, the fact of the matter is:
Do People Really Want Native Apps?