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Building Apps on Maui - on April 22 - FREE 8h Workshop (Must RSVP)

This workshop is brought especially for you (professional or student) in web development, web programming, web design.  

It repeats on Thursday April 24. For those who prefer to attend on Thursday, please RSVP via this Meetup announcement.
*Note: You may have already placed your RSVP for the same workshop on a different date: Thu April 24. Please verify. 
The content is the same on both days, April 22 and April 24.


• Guest Presenter: Greg Rewis
• Only educational information  (no sales pitch)
• All day workshop (with breakfast and lunch)
• Same workshop is also scheduled for April 24 (find the posting on this site)

This class will teach you the essentials you need to build a mobile app for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, or a mobile browser. Greg will review important aspects of mobile development and discuss using HTML5 and Javascript as a development option. You will also learn how to leverage a mobile UI framework (jQuery Mobile), how to add, store and retrieve data via APIs with a Backend-as-a-Service (open-source Usergrid) and how to package your app for devices (and the app stores) using PhoneGap.

By the end of the workshop, you will have built a full-featured app, ready for release on the app store, without having written a single line of server-side code!

1. A laptop: minimum OS requirements are Mac OS X[masked], Windows XP, or any linux that supports JDK6.

2. Basic understanding of HTML & CSS and some programming experience (ideally in JavaScript and jQuery, but not  necessarily)

3.  Open-source software programs to install prior the workshop day:
A working install of PhoneGap/Cordova.
Please download PhoneGap and complete the “Platform Guide” for your preferred platform (iOS, Android, etc.) ahead of the class.

It may be useful for you to go through the following Codecademy lessons to brush up before you attend:
classes 1–3 of the Web courseclasses 1–6 of the JavaScript course and classes 1–5 of the jQuery course.

• 8:30am: Doors open — registration and coffee

• Intro  HTML5 and Mobile Apps

• Working with a  Backend as a Service (Usergrid)

• Loading live data into your app

• Lunch break (provided by Apigee)

• Writing live data from your app Offline access, geolocation and User Management

• Package and launch your app natively on iOS or Android with PhoneGap

• 4:30pm: Q&A and drinkup! (Beers  provided by Apigee.)

Co-sponsor and supporters:
Apigee • UH Maui Small Business Solutions • MCBRC • MNHCoC • Richard Kehoe, MBA, CPA • Maui HISBDC • MFCC • J.W. Cameron Center • The Accidental Consultant • Maui Culinary Academy • Maui Apple Society • Harrison Tsai Industries  • Tri-Isle R C &D. 

Greg Rewis has been passionate about the web since putting his first “home page” online in 1994. His career has taken him around the world, from the early days of desktop publishing, to a start-up in Hamburg, Germany, the glory days of the web at Macromedia and finally his role at Adobe before trading in the travel to do some “real development” at Stremor Corp.

The original GoLive Cyberstudio Product Manager and former Dreamweaver Technical Product Manager, Greg is the co-author of “Mastering CSS with Dreamweaver CS3″ and “Mastering CSS with Dreamweaver CS4″ published by New Riders, as well as a regular contributor to industry publications.

When not beating web technologies into submission, Greg spends his time hanging out with his co-author and wife Stephanie (Sullivan) Rewis dreaming of their next sailing trip on, or teaching his two sons the finer points of classic rock on the guitar and piano.

Greg Rewis is a Principal Evangelist at Apigee. In this role, Greg is responsible for evangelizing Apigee’s digital business platform to mobile developers.

Greg was previously the CXO, Front-end and User Experience Engineering at Stremor Corp in Scottsdale, Arizona. In this role, Greg and his team were responsible for architecting, building and delivering web and mobile products built upon open web technologies (HTML5, CSS3 and Javascript).

Before joining Stremor Corp, Greg was the Principal Evangelist for Adobe Systems, focusing on Adobe’s open web products and technologies such as HTML5, CSS3 and Javascript. With over 20 years of computer industry experience, Greg spent in excess of 200 days of the year on the road, talking with customers, giving product demonstrations at seminars, and speaking at industry conferences.

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  • Wayne W.

    Excellent workshop! Mobile apps can now be prototyped and built in HTML and JavaScript and compiled into the target mobile platform (iOS and Android being the top markets). No programming in a native language such as Objective C or C# needed and no server-side modules to build. It also brought awareness of the power/efficiency of API (Application Program Interface) frameworks and on handling/storing data in the cloud for mobile access. Greg Rewis of Apigee definitely knew his stuff although fitting all that into a single day resulted in a very brisk course pace.

    An excellent and enlightening class presented by an extremely knowledgeable and well-spoken evangelist. The class was advertised as not requiring coding knowledge, while true, those in the audience already familiar with HTML and JavaScript and comfortable jumping back and forth between an editor and the Chrome browser got the most out of the class. It also was helpful if you had the ability to type and listen at the same time.

    April 28, 2014

  • Grace F.

    Lunch menu:
    Banana, Apple, Orange, Odwalla healthy bar; chicken sandwich, ham sandwich, vegetarian sandwich, AND salad --- no bag of chips for a change :)

    2 · April 22, 2014

    • Renee P K.

      Thank you very much for the great food & energy snacks ...

      April 23, 2014

  • Renee P K.

    A lot of valuable information. A lot to absorb. I wish my schedule allowed me to attend the 2nd class being offered on the 24th. Thank you very much for the great lunch and energy snacks. Great job!!

    April 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I learned a lot and enjoyed it as well. Greg is a good engaging speaker and knows his stuff. I think the prerequisites need to be a little stiffer though, as there were people in there struggling with editing a file and switching back/forth between a browser to view the results.
    The barrier to entry here is pretty low but if you haven't done ANY Javascript/HTML development, you're going to be struggling to keep up after the first couple hours. Greg is great at explaining concepts in a clear concise way, but there is no substitute for having some development foundation before coming here.
    That said, perhaps you don't intend to write an app yourself but just want to understand the concepts involved and be able to talk intelligently about it with a developer- in that case you would still benefit by attending. I know a few who did exactly this and loved it.

    April 23, 2014

  • Jon B.

    Fabulous workshop. I learned a lot and am seriously impressed and encouraged by the ease of building a mobile app based on a free cloud hosted backend datastore. I think Greg did great job of navigating the diverse skill levels that attended. I was really impressed by his ability to address the basics but keep things moving along.

    April 23, 2014

  • Scott I.

    Format and presentation was exceptional. Listing of required software needed updating as lots of people didn't have Ant installed.

    April 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Educational and fun presentation. Well done.

    April 22, 2014

  • Grace F.

    When this workshop ends, please don't forget the sheet I gave you at the sign-in: rate it and leave it at the sign in table.
    Also please rate and comment under this announcement: April 22. Tweeters: It is good to share your comment with @garazi your comments. It helps MBB to bring him back to Maui.

    1 · April 22, 2014

    • Edward

      Great workshop, challenging and enlightening

      1 · April 22, 2014

  • Edward

    A ton of great information for novice or expert

    April 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fantastic workshop!

    1 · April 22, 2014

  • Grace F.

    Check out few highligts from the workshop on MBB
    FB and Twitter!

    April 22, 2014

  • Ori A.

    My apologies. I won't be able to attend today. Will try to make it to Thursday's session. Good luck.

    April 22, 2014

  • Maui B.

    See you tomorrow April 22 - 8:30am morning at University of Hawai'i, Pilina Building/Multipurpose Room. Bring (reminder): 1) a sweater.

    2) laptop and the laptop POWER CABLE.

    3) a pillow/cushion for the seat. (you deserve 8h of fun learning PLUS comfortable seat!)

    The building at UHMC:
    Pilina/Multipurpose Room. Breakfast: fruits, pastries, coffee, tea.


    - 8:30am: Doors open — registration and coffee
    - Intro HTML5 and Mobile Apps
    - Working with a Backend as a Service (Usergrid)
    - Loading live data into your app - Lunch break (provided by Apigee)
    - Writing live data from your app
    - Offline access, geolocation and User Management
    - Package and launch your app natively on iOS or Android with PhoneGap
    - 4:30pm: Q&A and drinkup! (Beers provided by Apigee.)

    April 21, 2014

  • Grace F.

    In reply to members who emailed me back regarding installing the open source program: if somehow you did not get thru, you may choose to get help on the day of the workshop - before the workshop itself starts or at lunch time. -------------------------
    Also, MBB member Rachel Hecksher kindly advised "bring a sweater, sometimes that room is cold!"

    April 19, 2014

  • Chuck B.

    I'm looking forward to attending this. Always nice to pick up a new tool to have in the tool box. Huge Mahalo to Erik Blair for turning me on to this work shop

    April 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't wait - great opportunity!
    Bring a sweater, sometimes that room is CoLd!

    April 3, 2014

  • Erik B.

    This looks interesting!

    March 21, 2014

  • Dira

    Looking forward to this!

    March 15, 2014

  • Maui B.

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    Mahalo for your understanding and cooperation!

    February 5, 2014

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