Kendo UI: 63% of developers actively developing with HTML5

Software developer Telerik’s Kendo UI division announced today results from a recent survey it conducted, which revealed that 63 percent of app developers are actively developing with HTML5 today and 31 percent have plans to start using HTML5 by year’s end.

Kendo UI’s inaugural Global Developer survey polled 4,043 developers that used PHP, Java, Ruby, .NET, Node and other programming languages between Sept. 5 and Sept. 26 regarding their HTML5 development plans, when they think HTML5 will be important for their job and why they would choose HTML5 over other software development options.

Of the more than 4,000 developers surveyed, 6 percent said they have no plans for developing with HTML5 in 2012, but added that it will become important to them in the next year or two. The three largest benefits developers see with HTML5 development are familiarity of programming languages (HTML, JavaScript, CSS) at 72 percent, reach and cross-platform support at 62 percent and performance at 34 percent.

The survey also revealed that 51 percent of developers say HTML5 is important to their job immediately and 31 percent saying in the next 12 months, with another 12 percent saying HTML5 will be important in the next 12 to 24 months.

Although since HTML5’s inception, there have been developers who once used HTML5, but had the programming language fall out of favor. Social and mobile game developer Wooga dropped HTML5 development, citing technical issues and low player interest. The company used Magic Land as an example, stating that the game pulled in fewer than 35,000 installs a day at it’s height, and had just a five percent retention rate.

Social networking service Facebook released back in August an update to its iPhone and iPad apps that dumped HTML5 as the programming language for the app in favor of Apple’s native code Objective-C because speed was falling short in the HTML5 iOS app. The change from HTML5 to native is said to have increased the app’s speed, reliability and ease of use.

Respondents were asked whether Facebook’s decision to rewrite their HTML5 iPhone app using mostly native code affected their adoption or attitude toward adoption of HTML5, in which 73 percent of developers surveyed said Facebook’s decision had “little to no impact” on their confidence on future HTML5 adoption.

Telerik recently released its Icenium tool, which helps developers with cross-platform mobile development for iOS and Android by allowing them to use web develop languages such as HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript to build mobile apps, and work from the cloud.