This dogma that web apps are the future

Posted on Oct 23, 2012

I think that the idea, and it was almost taken as religion, is that once we got to the point where you could write web apps, and that web apps would run everywhere, that was some sort of end point in the continuum of how software evolved. […] Not everybody, certainly not everybody, but there were a large number of people who I think sort of took it, and still take it […], this dogma that web apps are the future. And I think that people are still dug in on that, and that you see a lot of people and they look at the App Store and the success and they say “Well that’s just temporary. Soon, you know, web apps will take over that.” And I don’t think that’s true.

John Gruber, in The Talk Show, episide 20, from the Çingleton conference

I’m pretty sure that, if you’d asked me eight or ten years ago I would have agreed that, though it might not be the end point, it was only a matter of time before all consumer software was web based. I don’t hold that view any longer, but it didn’t strike how much my assumptions had changed me until I heard it articulated like this.