Mobile application development: Making it easier for developers

Mobile applications have not only piqued the interest of developers, but also of the average cell phone user. Learn what all the fuss is about in this five chapter downloadable pdf containing useful mobile development information.

Mobile applications have piqued the interest of developers. First, the iPhone redefined what a phone was: it looked a lot like a Web browser, really. Then, Apple opened an iPhone App store that promised developers an opportunity to write and sell an application to a new mass audience. The year 2009 looks gloomy for mobile phone sellers. But converged mobile devices, the kind the iPhone epitomizes, are expected to fare far better than traditional ones.

Clearly, when one is on the road, one sees more and more knowledge workers pecking away at handheld devices. Although these machines have tons more memory than in the past, they still are basically working remotely, hitting on a server somewhere, and dealing with the world via services.

Behind the scenes will emerge a whole new class of mobile app development tools, writes John K.Waters in our lead story, "Shifting ground for mobile development."

Meanwhile, writer Patrick Meader discusses transfer Microsoft developers in "Goin' mobile with Windows." Technology writer George Lawton talks about JavaScript taking advantage of iPhone resources in his piece "Create smartphone apps using Java- Script."Writer Rich Seeley adds IBM's input in the mobile community in "IBM preps mobile SOA connection." There is also plenty of information in the Mobile development resource guide.

Download Mobile application development: Making it easier for developers.

This was first published in September 2009

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