Sencha's HTML5 remake of Facebook

Although Facebook has in the past championed HTML5 with its Developer Center, September 2012 saw the company rally against the technology. CEO Mark Zuckerberg called Facebook's bet on HTML5 "one of the biggest mistakes, if not the biggest strategic mistake that we've made", and a Facebook engineer subsequently detailed issues the company had in making its HTML5-based app for iOS.

Sencha is a company that also made a bet on the web, "took offence" to Zuckerberg's comment – and didn't believe HTML5 was the reason for the old Facebook app's poor performance. Putting its money where its mouth is, the company subsequently authored tech demo Fastbook, to prove HTML5 was ready for large-scale app use.

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