Cross-platform Mobile Development

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Building apps to run on multiple platforms is one of the big challenges for mobile developers. One option is to use a standard such as HTML5 or a platform framework such as Phonegap to build a single app.  The other main option is to build separate native apps for iOS, Android, and perhaps other smartphones and tablets,duplicating the development team but allowing full control in building an optimal app experience. The best choice depends on your requirements, your budget, the target demographic, and the need to provide native user experience.

This event will feature several brief presentations by expert mobile developers describing how they approached the cross-platform problem.

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This event is sponsored by Adobe and is co-hosted with the Mobile Mondays Boston.

6:00pm - Doors open for networking
7:00pm - Presentation of Development alternatives: Phonegap, HTML5 and iOS and Android Native Apps
8:15pm - till close - Networking

Topic: Phonegap - Alan Greenblatt Adobe

Synopsis: What exactly is and isn't PhoneGap? This talk will go over some of the basics of PhoneGap for those that don't know about it, or aren't quite sure (or have been misinformed!). Then we'll describe when PhoneGap is and is not the right choice for your development needs. Finally, we'll go over some specific case studies of PhoneGap applications, why PhoneGap was chosen, and how the apps were built

Topic:HTML5 - Richard Denton MocoSpace

Contrary to Mark Zuckerberg, HTML5 is ready for prime time. Experience how fast and fluid mobile web apps can be, see the advantages for developing HTML5 over native, and learn how to start using it today.

Topic: Native App Development for iOS and Android -Jarrod McLean Vivox

Synopsis: A Vivox's review of the pros and cons of cross platform solutions such as PhoneGap and HTML5 as a development alternative for a new application. Followed by a short case study of the initial development of the Bobsled by T-Mobile application and why a cross platform solution was not the right fit.

Speaker Biographies:

Alan Greenblatt is a senior evangelist at Adobe. Over the years, Alan has worked on everything from 2D & 3D graphics and animation for Sun & Microsoft, Semantic Data Integration for NATO, Airbus and State Street Bank, and Web development for various state & local governments and financial & pharmaceutical companies. These days he focuses on Web Standards and Web & Mobile app development. You can reach Alan on Twitter at @agreenblatt or on his blog,

Rich Denton is the Director of Product for the nation's largest mobile social network, MocoSpace. Since joining the team, he has pushed the envelope on what is possible with CSS3 and HTML5 on the mobile web to help deliver a more streamlined, user-friendly product. With a focus on efficiency, Rich's expertise in JavaScript has also been crucial in optimizing the product's core features -- from HTML5 games to user communication -- for a large number of mobile devices. He and his team have proven that the future of mobile is HTML5 and it is bright.

Jarrod McLean has over 17 years experience in software development across a broad range of industries. He has has always focused on cutting edge technologies. For the past four years Jarrod has concentrated on iOS and Android Mobile development, building applications and SDK's for both platforms. Constructing applications for companies such as T-Mobile and Vivox providing voice, text, and social experiences, as well as applications for consumer apparel companies, Jarrod has a broad range of Mobile skills and insights into how Mobile fits into different industries.

Transportation and Parking

MBTA transportation: Near Downtown Crossing (Red, Orange), Gov’t Center (Green), and State (Blue, Orange).

Parking: There is parking at 75 State Street Garage located on Broad Street. Open 24 Hours. $3 OFF with Faneuil Hall Marketplace merchant/store validation on weekdays. $12 parkingafter 5:00PM on weekdays with Faneuil Hall Marketplace merchant/store validation.  Or try one of the coupons at Boston Central Parking at 47 Broad Street:

In partnership with Boston Android.

Many thanks to Adobe for being our sponsor for this event.

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  • Patent Attorney W.

    great to learn more about Phonegap and HTML5 and the advantages, disadvantages of both

    March 4, 2013

  • Puru

    Great to have a valuable discussion on HTML5/Native/Phonegap platform for mobile development.

    1 · March 4, 2013

  • Joseph D.

    It was good to get a contrast from each of the presenters, and I think it prompted on spot discussions.

    March 4, 2013

  • Joe C.

    Sorry to miss this but I have a conflict.

    March 4, 2013

  • Grace

    Mix the arts with science through new mobile

    March 4, 2013

  • Shawn V.

    I am looking to meet up with Android developers looking for new and interesting projects.

    February 28, 2013

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