HTML5 - Blurring the boundaries of the web and native applications

Wednesday 5th September 2012, 6:30 pm.

Speaker: Cameron Hunter, Amazon.

Venue: Room 4.31, University of Edinburgh Informatics Forum, 10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AB.

Refreshments and networking from 6:00 pm.

This event is free of charge and open to all. No registration required - just turn up.


With the availability of new features such as flexbox, the filesystem API, app-cache and geo-location, HTML5 web applications are blurring the boundaries of what was previously only possible with native applications.

In this talk I’ll introduce some of the most interesting features of HTML5 which are making web applications a viable alternative to native applications. I’ll show how to detect feature support, and how to fill in the gaps in older browsers.

About the speaker


Cameron Hunter is a software engineer with a keen interest in front-end development and is a true believer in the web as a platform. Currently working for Amazon in their development centre in Edinburgh, he has worked on various internal and external projects including advertising, catalog management and an online music encyclopedia.

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