Apps are everywhere. E-books are shifting from e-readers to apps as the platform of choice. Google’s Android Market has surpassed 100,000 apps despite a problematic payment structure. And Apple, with its upcoming release of Mac OS X Lion, is moving apps from the device to the desktop.

Here in the lab, we’ve talked app development, but with little traction. Why no squealing tires, no fire? Why does spending even a little of our resources on app development feel so wrong? I don’t know. But, it takes only a mention of HTML5 to uncover bubbling excitement at the possibilities and to discover we’ve already begun expending resources.

Apps are not here. I wonder what we’re missing? Are apps a dead-end? of limited utility to academia? Is HTML the better technology for delivery to devices?


Android Market tops 100,000 applications, CNET, October 25, 2010.

App Makers Take Interest in Android, NY Times, October 24, 2010.

Apple Gives Sneak Peek of Mac OS X Lion,, October 20, 2010.

Blurring the Line Between Apps and Books, NY Times, October 24, 2010.