iOS developer Drew Crawford has penned an extensive blog post, slamming web apps as being slow on mobile but also heavily criticising online discussions on the subject. He suggested they were too often lacking in facts, and he therefore attempted to bring evidence to the problem “instead of just doing the shouting match thing”.
Beyond this, Crawford left readers to decide on conclusions regarding development paths, platforms and technology, but he did hope any further discussion would focus heavily on facts rather than anecdotal evidence. “There have been enough [Hacker News] comments about ‘I wrote a web app one time and it was fine’. There has been enough bikeshedding about whether Facebook was right or wrong to choose HTML5 or native apps,” he said. “The task that remains for us is to quantify specifically how both the mobile web and the native ecosystem can get better, and then, you know, do something about it. You know – what software developers do.”