HTML5 Growth Soars in 2011

Susan Hall
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HTML5 topped the list in job aggregator Indeed's revised list of job trends for 2011. Here's the rest:


2. MongoDB

3. iOS

4. Android

5. Mobile app

6. Puppet

7. Hadoop

8. jQuery

9. PaaS

10. Social media


Of course, HTML5 got lots of press back in April when Steve Jobs went on a 1,700-word rant against Flash, calling it old technology. That sparked a war of words with Adobe, though in November, it announced it was moving away from mobile Flash in favor of HTML5. Microsoft hasn't given up on its Flash alternative, Silverlight, yet, though. It just released Silverlight 5, though there's some questions about whether that will be the last version.


Research firm Strategy Analytics projects sales of 1 billion HTML5-compatible mobile phones by 2013, though it considers it still a "relatively immature technology." It predicts that HTML5 won't be just for smartphones, but will be used in some feature phones as well, CNET reports, adding:

Strategy Analytics also sees HTML5 as a critical component driving a cross-platform LTE cloud-based platform slowly building among mobile carriers, device makers, auto manufacturers, and Web developers. Ultimately, HTML5 will allow content from mobile phones, tablets, notebooks, desktops, TVs, and even cars to come together via the cloud.

But the analysts say that still requires several years of development.


And because of its popularity, and the newness of many developers' skills, security vendor WatchGuard Technologies lists HTML5 applications among the top security risks for 2011.

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