DMC Radio

DMC Radio
By Ibuildings
About this podcast
In these podcasts we will release the audio recordings from the previous Dutch Mobile Conference.
Latest episodes
June 9, 2012
Titanium is an open-source development tool for producing cross-platform mobile applications by Appcelerator. Using Titanium, you develop your mobile application using Javascript coded against the Titanium API's. Titanium Developer, a management GUI for your mobile apps, invokes their compiler and builder to take your Javascript and build a native application for iOS and Android.
June 9, 2012
The mobile landscape is changing dramatically and at a breakneck pace. At first, we thought we needed to simply target smartphones. Then came along tablets. Now, the line between smartphones and tablets are blurring and this is not taking into consideration, televisions, in-store kiosks and even internet-connected appliances!In my presentation I will demonstrate why being future friendly is not simply a UI design principle (think responsive design), but it truly means being device agnostic. As more and more devices enter the mobile/casual computing landscape, one must create their products/services to be flexible enough to be consumed or used on any screen on any type of device - this is truly future-friendly. What you will take away from this is: --Why a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) is key to success.--Why decoupling your data layer from your presentation layer is critical to be future-friendly. --Why only targeting mobile browsers is not enough for a cohesive mobile strategy. --What technologies will enable you to be device-agnostic. Joe McCann is the Mobile Architect at Bazaarvoice, a SaaS company enabling lasting conversations between brands and consumers through various channels. Joe is currently leading the device-agnostic effort at a company that operates at web scale - more than 5 billion unique requests served monthly.
June 9, 2012
HTML5 defines several new technologies to both communicate with thehost device as well as allow for web applications to run when there isno Internet connection.These technologies include Local Storage, Web SQL, Application Cache, Session history and navigation, geolocation and canvas. They allow us to build web applications that aren't dependent on a server after being loaded initially. This not only makes offline apps possible, but can make online apps faster. Mobile devices often rely on an Internet connection that can be lowband width, high latency, and unreliable. The typical enhancements of increasing performance by using gzip, minimizing requests, and minifying documents can only go so far. By using client side technologies to improve the responsiveness of our web sites by hiding the effect of slow network requests or a network connection that is temporarily unavailable.This talk explores these new technologies and the strategies that can be used in conjunction with them to create more responsive applications. We will be looking at local caching, local data storage and syncing, and optimistic asynchronous UI updates. We will see what the benefits and pitfalls are with several of these strategies. We will look at some real world applications that have successfully leveraged HTML5.
June 9, 2012
SharePoint is ever more pervasive in the enterprise. However, mobile support built into SharePoint is rather limited. This talk will show you how to bypass these limitations and create custom mobile web apps running of a SharePoint server using Sencha Touch . More info can be found on my blog: http://allthatjs.com/2012/01/12/building-mobile-sharepoint-web-apps-using-sencha-touch/
June 9, 2012
Developing complex web applications without systematic strategies for its quality assurance will lead to maintenance nightmares. End-to-end testing, from the moment the implementation is being planned up to the stage of deployment, requires careful planning and a suitable set of tools. In this talk, the use of various tools to assist such testing strategies will be uncovered. This involves the use of scriptable headless page automation (PhantomJS, Zombie.js, Selenium) for fast smoke testing as part of the precommit process and for more comprehensive preflight checks in the continuous integration system. In addition, a wide spectrum of testing possibilities will be achieved with extra tools such as static code analyzer, full-stack execution logger, profiler, and code coverage/instrumentation.
June 9, 2012
A user-centric focus is important for developing any product or service, but especially for mobile websites or applications. This is because the varying screen real estate and inefficient user input allow only a limited set of features. People tend to use these mobile devices virtually everywhere (e.g. sitting in a bar, walking on the street, at home with Wi-Fi connection). In the face of this fragmentation in devices and the contexts in which they are used it makes sense to be user-centric. Unfortunately, well-established user-centered methods often go forgotten when developing for mobile due to tight budgets and fast development cycles. Luckily, many light-weight UCD techniques exist that are both easy to adapt to your development process and quick to deliver insights into your users' needs. Our presentation will introduce a number of these techniques. For example: Quick & dirty prototyping: prototyping allows you to get early feedback from the users and other stakeholders. Paper prototyping for example works great as a start! Informal user testing: “Test early and often” to get the most out of the gathered insights. Testing with friends, family, or colleagues is allowed! Arm yourself with some light-weight UCD techniques and achieve a great user experience for your mobile product, without breaking the bank or deadline. Join ¡La Revolución!
June 9, 2012
Phonegap is a framework to create web-based native apps on multiple mobile platforms. Phonegap can be used together with common web developer tools like HTML, CSS and JavaScript frameworks like jQuery or jQuery mobile. In this tutorial, developers create their own mobile app with Phonegap and jQuery mobile. The tutorial has the following parts. First, the background of the Phonegap framework is discussed, in particular the advantages and disadvantages of app development with Phonegap. Second, a short introduction in jQuery mobile is given. What is the purpose of jQuery mobile and how to create a basic jQuery mobile app. Finally, participants will combine Phonegap en jQuery Mobile to create a complete mobile app, including a server-based component in PHP.Required skills for participants: JavaScript, HTML/CSS, JSONRecommended skills: jQuery, PHP.
June 9, 2012
You've got a great idea for a mobile app. You have a team together. You're building the killer app. Do you know enough about the various app stores to know what to do next? How about pricing strategies for iOS and Android? Have you thought about the Nook Color and Amazon Fire? In this session, I'll bring my experience as CTO of TripLingo, an Atlanta company developing foreign language learning apps. TripLingo has been featured on the iOS store a dozen times, as well as the Android market and Nook store.
June 9, 2012
The mobile device revolution is unfurling faster than any other mass market technology in history. It's just getting started. We'll take a look at the origins of this incredible technology and see how it generates both enormous opportunities and tough challenges today. Finally, we'll cast an eye forward to what's coming in the near future and how it will change perceptions of what's possible on the mobile web.
June 8, 2012
HTML forms have been the bane of web developers for years. Not anymore! Newer form features provide for native date pickers, place holder text, pattern matching, required fields, auto focus, error handling, and providing for the RIGHT keyboard on smartphones, all without JavaScript.We’ll learn all about creating dynamic web forms with form validation without the use of javascript. Topics covered include: ◈ The new HTML5 input types ◈ Controlling what keyboard types gets displayed on touch keyboards, including the iPad and iPhone ◈ Placeholder Attribute: Adding native placeholder text and clearing on focus ◈ Native form validation: Error messages with no javascript ◈ Date & time input types: The jQuery datepicker, without jQuery. ◈ Providing focus to a form element, including focus on invalid input without javascript. ◈ CSS & Forms: Stylizing form elements based on current states of required and invalid ◈ Pattern attribute – Pattern matching for form input: with regular expressions and no javascriptelement and list attribute- providing autosuggest on inputs, again no javascript.Mobile browsers support for HTML5 web forms is improving. In this session we’ll learn how to implement them.