Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Web development and the iPhone revisited

I read a great post over at Ajax Performance defending AJAX as the iPhone development environment. This reminded me of my own take during the iPhone brouhaha, and I decided I had a little more to say.

Web development is has come a long way, but building a local app still has a lot of advantages. But, hey, when the first cars came out, horses were still a lot better. Apple didn't decide on AJAX because you can build cooler apps - they decided on it because it is the future, it is where the talent goes, and because . Google has managed to become the most valuable brand in the world without an OS and a native API.

Apple is obviously committed to this - they were willing to not bothering with an native API. Time spent with a Cocoa iPhone is time not spent making the web better.



iPhone Web Developer Tool


This application allows you to use your iPhone for Web Developing. You can View Source, Find on Page, Outline Divs & Tables, etc. Similar to the Firefox Web Developer Extension. Simply drag bookmarks into the web browser that you have your iPhone or iPod Touch synced to and you're good to go. Works on any site.

Let me know what you think. If you have stuff you want added just let me know.

- Peter Schmalfeldt