Mobile is Different: Lessons Learned Bringing CouchDB to iOS and Android

J Chris Anderson (Couchbase)
Location: Conference Room E Level:
Tags: mobile
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The shift to mobile is a huge change in the computing landscape. Learn how porting the most deployed NoSQL database to Apple’s iOS uncovered some of the unique challenges on mobile. We discovered that some features that were critical on the web are less important on devices. At the same time the constraints on mobile required changes we might not otherwise have made.

However, in the end all this focus made for a smaller, cleaner product. The lessons we learned about simplification carry over to your product. Whether you write enterprise software or design consumer websites, there are lessons to be learned in simplicity from our experience.

This popularly RT’d joke illustrates the point from another angle: “Mobile users want to see our menu, hours, and delivery number. Desktop users definitely want this 1mb png of someone smiling at a salad.”

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J Chris Anderson


J. Chris Anderson is cofounder of Couchbase, an Apache CouchDB committer, and co-author of the O’Reilly book CouchDB: The Definitive Guide. At Couchbase he is Chief Architect of Mobile. Chris is obsessed with bending the physics of the web, and giving control back to users.

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