A few months ago, I was asked by the editors of MSDN Magazine to tech review the Cutting Edge column by Dino Esposito for the June 2012 issue entitled: “Mobile Site Development: Markup.” The article just hit the newsstands today and I got a credit at the end of the article. Check it out here.
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Friday, March 2, 2012 10:04 AM
My article on building hybrid native and mobile web applications has been published in the March issue of MSDN Magazine.
Mobile applications are all the rage these days. There are currently three major mobile platforms: Apple’s iOS (iPhone and iPad), Google’s Android , and Microsoft’s Windows Phone , and countless variations within these platforms for the developer to consider. Focusing on any one of these platforms leaves 50% or more of the market unable to use your application, but the cost of building and maintaining the same application on each of the platforms quickly becomes problematic. A web application is another option, but one that leaves the experience diluted and leaves the developer without access to many of the native hardware capabilities.
In one of my recent projects at EffectiveUI, I spent a lot of time thinking about how to solve this conundrum in a way that provides the best possible user experience while still being cost effective and maintainable. My solution was an application that is a hybrid of a native application and a mobile web application. I had the opportunity to share this solution, and provide a tutorial for building it, in an article for MSDN Magazine , “Develop Hybrid Native and Mobile Web Apps .” I truly believe that this approach is a “best of both worlds” solution that leaves the developer and end user in a better place.
I hope that my approach to this problem helps you in building your applications and I’d love to hear any feedback that anyone might have.
The main text of this post is also cross-posted on the EffectiveUI blog.
Monday, December 5, 2011 2:42 PM
A few weeks ago, I submitted an abstract of an article on the Cartegraph mobile prototype that I worked on for EffectiveUI to MSDN Magazine. The concept is about addressing the costs of building a mobile application for all of the rapidly proliferating mobile platforms (iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone) by building the application primarily as a web application using ASP.NET MVC 3 and jQuery Mobile while still being able to leverage native hardware features like the camera, GPS, or accelerometer. A few minutes ago I got a phone call from Dr. James McCaffrey of Microsoft Research and author of MSDN Magazine’s monthly Test Run column. The magazine editors liked the abstract, had asked him to review my submission from a technical perspective and he had a few clarifying questions that he wanted to ask. He really liked the idea and is recommending to them that they move forward with the idea toward publication. He commented that the abstract was really well written and also offered some advice about how to catch the readers with the concept in the first few sentences of the article. Hopefully, with any luck, I’ll have a byline in MSDN Magazine here in a few months.