App Engine, Dart, and Android at DevNexus
Posted by David Chandler on March 23, 2012
First, a huge thank you to the volunteer organizers and sponsors of DevNexus! The Atlanta JUG‘s annual not-for-profit conference attracted 500 mostly Java developers this year and remains one of the best values of any developer conference in the world.
There were a lot of talks on mobile / Web development this year, including:
- JQuery Mobile framework (Raymond Camden, Adobe)
- Intro to PhoneGap (Raymond Camden, Adobe)
- Java-Powered Mobile Cross-Platform Mobile Apps with Phone Gap (Andrew Trice)
- Web vs. Apps keynote (Ben Galbraith)
- Easy Mobile Development: Intro to Appcelerator Titanium (Pratik Patel)
- What’s New in Android (Robert Cooper)
- Spring for Android (Roy Clarkson, Spring)
- Mind-Blowing Apps with HTML5 Canvas (David Geary)
All the mobile / Web talks that I attended were standing room only (70-130 people, depending on room capacity). It seems that mobile in the enterprise is red hot and enterprise apps are good candidates for Web apps vs. native. I was particularly impressed with
- Spring for Android, a nice REST client for native Android apps (video, @springandroid)
- jQuery Mobile, which lets you build simple, nicely-styled mobile Web sites with mostly HTML and CSS. The DevNexus mobile site is built with it. View source to see how easy it is.
- David Geary’s ability to wow an audience with cool Canvas demos
Thanks again to Gunnar, Vince, Sudhir, and the gang for making DevNexus such a high-quality event.