And so begins the next development war.
37 Signals officially announced Basecamp Mobile today, and gasp, it’s a mobile web app, not a native one or ones.
Sure, 37 Signals isn’t the first company to make this decision, but they are well-known and well-respected for both their development chops and their relentless pursuit of simplicity.
So, this is a kind of a big deal among web developers.
The reasoning is sound, but of course, developers immediately began taking sides over Twitter and in blog form.
Unsurprisingly, DHH (@dhh) had the following to say in short form:
Taking your web app mobile just for iOS in 2011 is like taking your business to the web just for IE4 in 2001.
I happen to agree with mobile web development over native development, and I’m not alone.
This marks the beginning of what will be the development equivalent of a land war in Asia.