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Mixing native and web technologies, oh my

This meetup will be held at SkillsMatter, ensure you register here:

http://skillsmatter.com/event/os-mobile-server/londroid-native-web-tech

Dave Springgay - HTML5, Android Webview and java bridging


In this meeting we'll explore Android application development using HTML 5, the Android WebView, and java components.  A web view can be used to do more than just display a web page or snippet. It can be used to build a cross platform user interface which is stylish, adaptive, and well integrated with the application host where it lives.  Specific topics include:

  1. Creation of a WebView with javascript support
  2. Injecting model data into the WebView
  3. Using javascript and CSS to dynamically adapt to screen size on phones and tablets
  4. Responding to javascript events in java code.
  5. Memory use and render time
  6. Execution on multiple Android versions


This is an exchange of ideas, so please bring your own experiences.

Dave Springgay is a Senior Android Engineer in the Technology Group at News International, the developers of the Times, Sunday Times, and Sun applications.  Previous to that, he designed and developed public transport information systems at Kizoom in London.  He also worked at IBM Canada for a decade, where he helped design and build Eclipse. 

Jonathan Anthony - Titatnium & PhoneGap

  • SaaS driven apps
  • The role of Content Management Systems in producing web apps (Drupal in my case)
  • HTML5, the webview
  • PhoneGap vs Titanium
  • Jquery mobile
  • Phonegap and Drupal
(( Managing Director adappt ltd -  http://uk.linkedin.com/in/jonanthony ))

Doug Chisholm - Rippll: A web based solution for all devices:
Rippll is a location based marketing company providing platform solutions for Brands, Agencies and SMEs to quickly activate mobile apps and location based advertising. It was founded in 2008 by Doug Chisholm to address the potential of the smartphone for high street brands. Rippll has since delivered location based advertising for brands such as McDonalds, HMV and TGI Fridays and in 2011 Rippll launched a location based app platform which uses beautiful app templates to help brands get their apps to market in just 2 weeks. Many high street brands now use the Rippll app platform to help consumers find their nearest store and receive mobile vouchers based on their location

Doug founded Rippll after working as an Account Director at Initiative Media on accounts including Tesco and Burger King. Seeing the huge potential for location-based content on mobile, the arrival of the iPhone app store in 2008 signaled an opportunity to be one of the first location platforms to the exciting new market. His previous experience spans 6 years of software development and project management of internet application builds including some of the very first Java applications for mobile platforms. Doug has an MSc in Software Development and an IPA Advanced certificate in Media Planning.


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  • Stephen W.

    very informative, all three speakers gave an interesting talk

    January 20, 2012

  • Matteo T.

    @Sean ;-)

    January 20, 2012

  • Sean H.

    The slides we are allowed to have, of course :)

    January 20, 2012

  • Matteo T.

    Great James! Is it possible to have the slides as well, please?

    January 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Couldn't attend? Watch the videos from last night here:
    Dave Springgay on HTML5, Android Webview and java bridging
    http://skillsmatter.com/podcast/home/html5-webview/js-3419

    Jonathan Anthony on Titatnium & PhoneGap
    http://skillsmatter.com/podcast/home/titatnium-phonegap/js-3419

    Doug Chisholm on Rippll: A web based solution for all devices
    http://skillsmatter.com/podcast/home/rippll/js-3419

    January 20, 2012

  • Robert T.

    Interesting talks, especially the first. On the whole would have preferred more technical content.

    January 20, 2012

  • Fox R.

    Very interesting talks.

    January 20, 2012

  • George M

    Obviously the companies that presented have invested a lot of time developing their applications, but in most cases I thought that they should have considered Adobe AIR which offers all the features they mentioned and much more. Issues like lack of transitions, camera roll access would not have been an issue. AIR offers WebViews', native extensions to access the platform hooks, SQLite, very fine font control and easy customisation. All within an AIR wrapper. I feel that they are offering a lesser experience than they could have.

    The excuse that AIR is based on Flash technology and it is 'bad', is a misleading one because a badly written app in any platform can drain a battery just as quickly.

    January 20, 2012

  • Andrew A.

    It was a good mix of talks about a very topical subject. Great to hear peoples real world experience.

    January 20, 2012

  • Jordi B.

    Interesting format and talks. Will attend in the future for sure!

    January 20, 2012

  • Sean H.

    All the talks were excellent last night. Very useful and relevant, my thanks to all the speakers!

    January 20, 2012

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