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Facebook vs. Fastbook: Developers offended by Zuckerberg knock on HTML5 make clone app

Facebook CEO doesn't like HTML5, but mobile developers have set out to prove platform can beat native apps

By , Network World
December 17, 2012 01:23 PM ET

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Sencha developers say they worked on the app in their spare time to prove that HTML5 can work as well as, if not better than, native apps. Fastbook is available from the company's website, but Sencha says it's not meant to be a replacement for the Facebook native apps. "It's a technology demo that shows what developers can do with HTML5 if they take the right approach, and use the right frameworks and tools," Sencha's blog post reads. The company was founded in 2008 and has been backed by Sequoia Capital, among other venture capital firms.

Network World staff writer Brandon Butler covers cloud computing and social collaboration. He can be reached at and found on Twitter at @BButlerNWW.

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