The web has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a system of interlinked documents to the highly capable application platform it is today. Just a few years ago, the only way to deliver complex business applications over the web was to use plug-in technologies, such as Flash, Silverlight, and Java Applets. However, as the way in which people use the web has changed from desktop to tablet and smartphone, the plug-in model is losing popularity. There is almost unanimous agreement that HTML5 is the future.

The Challenge of Scale

Whilst HTML5 provides a great opportunity, it also has many pitfalls and complexities. Development of plug-in-based applications meant using a single, stable framework and toolset. In contrast, HTML5 means selecting from a bewildering array of JavaScript and CSS frameworks, and an immature set of development tools. Enterprise-scale developments are hardest hit by this transition, which can rapidly result in a large, tangled and hard-to-manage codebase.


Building for the Modern Web

The Scott Logic team has recognized thought-leaders in the field of HTML5, and consultants who contribute to and lead a number of high-profile HTML5 open source projects. Our team has delivered talks at a range of events, including our own ‘HTML5 – It Just Got Real’ conference. We have an active R&D team who push the envelope of what is possible with HTML5, and frequently meet with our clients to share their findings.

Drawing on our experience of developing large-scale HTML5 applications, including trading applications comprised of hundreds of thousands of lines of code, we can walk you through the decisions and technical challenges you currently face, and those you are yet to encounter.