Windows 8: Top 10 Reasons Why I Choose HTML5 Over XAML
My colleague and friend Jerry Nixon recently wrote an article on the top 10 reasons why he chooses XAML over HTML5 and it begged me for a reply. Alas, here it is...
Following are the top 10 reasons why I’m in the HTML/CSS/JS space right now.
So here we go...
1. Skill Ready
I and about a kazillion other people in the world have gathered a ton of experience on the HCJ stack. Websites became applications as some point, and they became essential in the enterprise. I would guess that the web stack has drastically more developers than any other stack... but that’s a guess.
7. Query Selection
In XAML, it’s easy enough to give a control an ID and then select it in the code. But how do you select all of every third paragraph, the third element in the grid, or something like that. The answer is imperative code. There’s no part of the object model that you can’t access, but with query selectors in CSS and JS, you can use simple strings like “div#myDiv p:nth-child(3n)” to select every third paragraph in the div with the ID of myDiv.
CSS is amazing. With a collection of style rules, I can style, animate, layout, add images, position things, and a ton more. With declarative CSS code I can make the same HTML view look entirely different. Style rules cascade down to the eventual screen element and allow a developer to set a style globally and then override that style locally given the need.
There’s a JS library called LESS that extends CSS’s capabilities and allows me to set style variable and even do variable math. So I can set the base color of my app to red and then create a number of derived colors (darker or lighter for instance). That way, the change of a single color variable will result in a complete change to my app’s color palette.