seems to be the link to David Heller’s article over at Boxes and Arrows: HTML’s Time is Over. Let’s Move On. He writes, “Ultimately, I donft see a long term future for HTML as an application development solution. It is a misapplied tool that was never meant to be used for anything other than distributed publishing.” Unfortunately, a lot of people seem to be misinterpreting that as saying there’s no future for (X)HTML, period. It’s not. He’s talking about a much much narrower field than that: enterprise application development.
For those kinds of applications, and such applications alone, he’s right on the mark. In a more general sense, however, HTML is not dead at all – which I hope is precisely why Heller limited himself to a much narrower subject. The web grew in spite of enterprise application developers, not because of them. The web grew – and continues to thrive – because it required NO dev tools beyond Notepad or (in the day) TeachText. Anyone who forgets that (or never learned it) does so at their peril.