Past Meetup

Progressive enhancement for Android web apps (Wednesday)

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Alameda Free Library

1550 Oak St · Alameda, CA

How to find us

We're meeting in the large conference room on the ground floor of the library (just walk to the back past the coffee shop and look in conference room A or B).

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This Wednesday night, we're going to have Chiu-Ki Chan give us an advanced preview of her talk she's going to give in Amsterdam on 'Progressive enhancement for Android web apps'

You guys may already know her from her app Monkey Write (, the application that clinched the 1st prize of $100,000 from the Samsung Code challenge ( Although Monkey Write is written in native Java, her topic this time is going to more specifically about Android web apps and using the Android WebView and Javascript.

5:15 - Pizza sponsored by Croll's Pizza

5:30 - General announcements & re-cap of AnDevCon III (you should download the zip file with all the AnDevConIII slide decks (, just in case the page disappears)

6:00 - 8:00 - Our Feature Presentation

Progressive enhancement for Android web apps
by Chiu-Ki Chan (

Progressive enhancement lets you build an HTML-only website and layer on extra functionalities for browsers that supports javascript. You can use the same technique to add native Android functionalities to your website.

In this talk you will learn how to:

Load your website in an embedded WebView Build a javascript bridge to access native Android functionalities Fall back gracefully when the same website is viewed in a browser with progressive enhancement, you can enjoy the rapid development cycles of web apps, but also have access to the phone book, camera, accelerometer and all the other Android goodness. Chiu-Ki Chan

Chiu-Ki flows between both web and mobile development. At Google, she worked on the javascript frontend for Book Search, and the native Android client for Google Mobile Maps. Afterwards, she went to two different web startups, one with Django the other with Ruby on Rails, both using jquery to build interactive websites. Now she’s once again back to mobile, producing her own apps. The first title is Monkey Write, an app for learning Chinese writing.