There I said it… I mean lets face it, building apps in HTML+CSS is pretty much like doing word processing in LaTeX. What ever happened to decent visual tools? And I’m tired of dealing with weird quirky layout issues.
Don’t get me wrong HTML for building apps is definitely (eh) OK and it’s been proven that you can create applications at scale with it. But I think you end up working around quirks in layout behavior way too much. HTML was originally designed for making non-wysiwyg “rich” text documents. The ability to build apps is bolted on and feels like it.
Also I can’t help but wonder will the pinnacle of visual application design tools be Interface Builder or Delphi. I don’t think we’ve really moved forward in terms of the visual tools used to build apps since the advent of these tools. Rich Internet Application frameworks and plugins like Flash and Silverlight (along with FlexBuilder and Blend) tried to solve this within the browser. But it’s looking more and more like these are going to fizzle out of existence.
So What to Do?