With the mobile world becoming more complex with platforms like Palm webOS, iOS, Android, Blackberry, and Symbian all with growing user bases, how can you build applications that target a wide variety of devices? In the past, the solution was J2ME (boo! ;), but now the common denominator for the smartphones of the world is WebKit, the HTML5-based engine that's powering today's smartphones.
The Web has the opportunity to be the unifying platform, but really? How can you actually create a Web application that spans all of the platforms? There is an exciting new world brewing. A world that isn't about a "browser" but is about a global runtime. Learn how the computing game has changed, and how you can disrupt the industry using productive and fun technology.
Dion Almaer is the director of Developer Relations at Palm where he has the pleasure of working with Ben Galbraith. The pair co founded Ajaxian.com together and the are now focused on delivering a fantastic developer experience on the mobile Web.
Dion has been a technologist and a developer writing Web applications since it took over from Gopher. He has been fortunate enough to speak around the world, has published many articles, a book, and of course covers life the universe and everything on his blog at almaer.com/blog.
He has been called a human aggregator, and you can see that in full force if you follow him on Twitter @dalmaer
Ben Galbraith, together with his long-time friend Dion Almaer, forms one-half of the dynamic "Ben and Dion" duo that founded Ajaxian.com, headed Developer Tools at Mozilla, and now runs Developer Relations at Palm. Ben's been writing code since he was six and starting businesses since he was ten; he's written books, given a few hundred presentations, produced a few technical conferences, and has held CEO, CIO, CTO, Software Architecture positions in medical, publishing, media, manufacturing, advertising, software and internet industries. He lives in Palo Alto with his wife and five children.
Dion at JSConf.eu 2009
Dion on the JSConf live podcast