Minglu Wang talked about how to develop applications for iphones/mobile devices. She started out with a survey of what platforms people used. 69% of attendees were iphone/ipod users :). Who says it isn’t “all about the iphone.” It was interesting to see that 80% of people in attendance were interested primarily in developing websites for mobile devices and not in developing device specific applications.
She talked about Duke, Northwestern, International Children’s digital library, Van Gogh Musueum, and some prototypes (UNLV digtial library, Europeana). Several of the applications focused on delivering digital material (images, metadata, copyright info, locations) via an app. Of note, the ICDL focused on delivering ebook content (she mentioned another app called StoryKit that looked very neat). One of Wang’s assertions was that a valuable feature of the ICDL apps were that they could be used without network access.
Her summary of ‘killer features’ from her survey of apps included
- Image sharing
- Audio and video
- Search – keyword & location
- Insights: added value
- User contributed data – tags, comments, sharing, creating
Wang talked about the growing trend to create web applications as opposed to ‘native iphone apps’ & mentioned a number of frameworks including iUI, iWebkit, JQTouch, and Dashcode.
Kevin had recently shown me JQtouch, a framework for writing iphone centric web applications using safari as a primary platform & it simplifies the process of developing apps that benefit from the iphone hardware & interface features.
Wang quickly demoed Dashcode & PhoneGap (which includes development platforms for multiple platforms & allows you to migrate a dashcode app to an objective c app) In 10 minutes she built a neat little app based off on an RSS feed. I was so excited I went home & wrote a ZSR library app off our of new-videos RSS feed (Please use your iPhone to view). . .Thanks Minglu!