Mobile Development with Standards and Open Source Technologies

Mobile Platforms
Location: Portland 252
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(3.80, 10 ratings)

This conference covers mobile development in 2011. Challenges, pros and cons of different approaches entering this mine field.

We are going to talk about

  • Mobile web vs. native apps vs. hybrids
  • What’s a hybrid? Community projects
  • What are device libraries for detection and delivery?
  • The WURFL project
  • The PhoneGap project
  • Status of Java Mobile: is ME still alive? What about BlackBerry? And Android VM?
  • Creating games and visual apps using open source frameworks
  • The cocos2d project
  • Mobile web challenges
  • SQLite in mobile platforms

We are going to see live demos of HTML5-related stuff, including other standards for mobile devices, including:

  • Offline AppCache
  • Offline Storage
  • WebSQL API
  • Geolocation API
  • DeviceMotion API (Accelerometer)
  • Data URI
  • Standards, WAC and widget APIs
  • JavaScript frameworks, such as jQuery Mobile, jQTouch and Sencha Touch
  • Progressive Enhancement techniques

Attendees will learn all the challenges with mobile development and how to use standards and open source projects to develop multiplatform mobile applications.

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Max Firtman

ITMaster Professional Training

Max Firtman is a mobile and web developer, trainer, speaker, and writer. Max teaches mobile HTML5 and performance trainings for top companies around the world. The founder of IT-training company ITMaster, Max is a well-known professional in the mobile web community. He blogs about mobile web platforms on, keeps compatibility tables updated at, and has written many books, including Programming the Mobile Web (available in a second edition) and the recent High Performance Mobile Web, published by O’Reilly Media. He is a frequent speaker at conferences, including QCon, Mobilism, OSCON, Velocity, Fluent, Google Developer Day, JSConf, GOTO, AdobeCamp, and many other events around the world. Max has been widely recognized for his work in the mobile web community. He is an Adobe Community Professional, Microsoft IE User Agent, Nokia Developer Champion, and BlackBerry Elite, among other distinctions.

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Alison Chaiken
07/28/2011 6:39am PDT

Very thorough and complete but a bit too high-level and general to be interesting.