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Are you developing for mobile platforms?

Let us know if you're developing for (or plan to develop for) mobile platforms by taking this quick poll.

Mobile platforms today have as much CPU and RAM horsepower as desktops from only a few years ago, and the OSs have become much more full featured. Many applications that were not good candidates for mobile platforms now have a much better chance of being successful.

For instance, Apple's AppStore and Google's Android have expanded distribution possibilities for mobile applications. Both platforms will attract a fair share of typical applications such as e-mail and weather checkers, as well as the bizarre.

I'd like to hear from the TechRepublic community about whether you're developing for mobile platforms. Take this quick poll to let me know.

J.Ja

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Justin James is the Lead Architect for Conigent.

12 comments
hind_022
hind_022

For developers who want to come into mobile development, it is an emerging field from long ago and the consumers are increasing rapidly so let them feel at ease by developing new applications

Stan.Williams
Stan.Williams

do we dip into the mobile world. I work for a manufacturing facility and too much information per page is required for typical data entry. However, we do have a case where manufacturing kits need to be verified. In this app we allow the user to enter a shop floor order and then scan all items on a pallet to verify all components are in place for the next routing stop. The app isn't a mobile web app but rather a mobile .NET windows ce application that uses our wifi to connect to the database for user input verification and application security.

dragon
dragon

Several years ago we added a few services targeted to mobile platforms. Honesty it was just to claim being the first in our industry to do so. The response from our client bass has been unbelievable, both in feed back and in usage. Oh gee, you have to create smaller, more efficient pages. Just like we did back in the mid 90's. We use http://www.browsercam.com to check the formatting across many different devices. Very often breaking cell phones away from PDA's. Once you have some basic form factors, the rest is easy. After all, all the SQL remains the same. We are constantly expanding the usability of mobile platforms on our SaaS. And guess what, we're making a lot more $$ via mobile platform expanded usage and new business than we spend on development. WOW what a novel concept. Provide more service to the client at no extra charge and make a lot more $$$.

danog5310
danog5310

The problems are: - the different screen sizes - the limited amount of Bytes allowed monthly in the subscripton

Justin James
Justin James

While I find the idea of mobile apps fascinating, and I think that they are a great platform for hobbyist/enthusiast development, my employer's applications simply don't make sense on mobile devices. Are you developing for mobile platforms? J.Ja

Justin James
Justin James

I agree that for some applications, it just does not make sense. I'd never do, for example, a mobile graphics editor because the screen just is not big enough... until the devices commonly support docking to a set of desktop-sized peripherals, at least. I think that once these things are dockable, that will unlock a lot of potential. J.Ja

Justin James
Justin James

I agree that it is important to try reaching the mobile users, it's moeny on the table right now that most vendors are not trying to take. In some business environments, there are a good portion of users (particularly decisions makers) who are on mobile devices 6 - 8 hours a day, and only use a laptop or desktop PC for 1 - 2 hours a day... those folks are a growing market, too! J.Ja

Justin James
Justin James

I agree, it is not easy developing for mobile apps, especially since there is such variance in screen size, orientation, etc. It was one think to make an app work at 800 x 600 and have it gracefully expand at higher resolutions for screens. It's another thing to try to work with 320 x 200 screns all the way through 800 x 600 screens crammed into a 5" diagonal like you see on the UMPCs now... J.Ja

mattohare
mattohare

If someone uses a mobile device to visit my regular site, it works for them fairly well. Well, it worked for me on my mobile. Once I get things a bit more together, I think I will make some mobile-specific apps. Some of my site's value does lend itself well to the mobile platform.

bastien
bastien

Our main data collection application as a whole does not make sense to move to a mobile version, but certain services definitely do make sense to move. No one needs to have the admin section made available, but our user defined forms certainly can be. Some of our current PC browser based functionality won't work (like showing/hiding fields based on answers to of fields) the same way if supported at all, but that as a whole is a small issue for the users.

Justin James
Justin James

... is to use different CSS pages with a media selector to help with this. :) J.Ja

mattohare
mattohare

Everything's been degrading nicely. However, in future, I'll look towards mobile web aps that keep more focused. I assume you've seen the pages on my site. They can have a lot of text. I'll break them into pieces more.

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