Tools to Make Cross-platform Web Applications

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mLearnCon 2012 - June 19, 2012

Parris Khachi

Web Application Specialist

Khoa Lam

Learning Technologies Specialist

Dozens of tools can be used to create cross-platform Web applications. These tools should help to reduce development costs and time and decrease code redundancy. However, which tools make cross-platform, cross-browser applications, and how do they work?

Participants in this session will examine various tools, libraries, and frameworks commonly used to create cross-platform applications including Plain HTML, HTML5, jQuery Mobile, Appcelerator, and PhoneGap. You'll get high-level overviews about potential ways to deploy your applications effectively using Amazon Web Services, Heroku with CakePHP, or Ruby on Rails. Other useful tools that you'll see outlined include videos and jPlayer for completely cross-platform video/audio playback. You'll learn about jQuery templates/mustache-js for templating in js, when to use JSON vs XML vs YML, and when to use or not use RSS. You will get a good sense of which tools are available and when it is best to use them.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to select the right tool to create your next Web application
  • How and when to use Web applications as opposed to standard app development
  • How to use multiple tools at one time
  • When Flash is actually useful

Technology discussed in this session: HTML4, HTML5, CSS3, jQuery Mobile, Appcelerator, PhoneGap, Amazon Web Services, Heroku, CakePHP, Ruby on Rails, VideoJS, jPlayer, jQuery Templates, Mustachejs, jsFiddle, and potentially more.

Audience: Intermediate designers, developers, and project managers who are familiar with HTML/CSS and who have experience with app development.


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