The team over at Chartboost have a pretty forward thinking blog post about what they see as the next generation of web application development.
They feel that the future is about creating web applications, not sites. The server side should be an API and the client should be a self-contained app which uses the API as its back-end. With mobile applications following the same pattern.
To practice what they preach, Charboost is overhauling their help site to be an API driven web app using the following approach:
Or as Chartboost puts it:
We believe that the web is finally reaching a tipping point. The culmination of a decade of incremental improvements to web technologies is upon us, and lets us do things in a way that is radically new and better.
I’m also playing around with my own approach to delivering apps in this way using Github + Jeckyll + Mustache Templates with JSON data stores, all running as open repositories using Github Pages.
I’ll have more to publish on this in the near future.