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Feedback on my Web vs. Native chapter on Smashing Magazine

Smashing Magazine kindly let me release my chapter from the new Smashing Magazine book for free as a resource for the community and as an attempt to base this important conversation on design considerations instead of ideology.


  1. I am happy to see so many of you enjoying Mobile Considerations in User Experience Design: Web or Native? on Smashing Magazine. I tried hard to make sure that I presented the pros and cons of the various options in a nuanced manner in hopes that the text will constitute both a resource and a reference point for framing conversations on this topic.
  2. Kevin from Appcelerator had some constructive feedback:
  3. This is true. Just like with native extensions for Flash (which I also didn't mention in the chapter), one reason I didn't go into detail on native extensions is that–while they are very useful–they can somewhat defeat the purpose of using a third-party cross-platform technology if you have to also hire and keep native developers. Of course, the pros of having the majority of your team reusing their knowledge of JavaScript may also outweigh the cons. It is important to note that native extensions are available and are an option, however (and thank-you, Kevin, for bringing it to my attention).
  4. Unfortunately, as is to be expected, not everyone was as civil. Brain Leroux, who works on the PhoneGap (now Cordova) project at Adobe instead chose to respond with a three-tweet ad-hominem salvo that didn't add anything to the conversation or address any specific arguments in the chapter:
  5. Thanks for that invaluable insight, Brian :) This is exactly the sort of ideological ("us vs them") altercation that the chapter will hopefully allow designers and developers to avoid while trying to make design decisions to meet the needs of their users.

    It's actually a good piece of validation to note that Brian's was the only such negative feedback I've seen so far on Twitter. As of this writing, there are three negative comments on the article itself (another ad-hominem attack and two that seem to have missed the point of the article) which appear to be from folks more interested in picking a fight than holding a rational discourse on a design topic. 

    And finally, thank-you all for your kind words on the article, I believe I've responded to all of you personally on Twitter and apologies if I missed any of you.