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Mobile Portland — Choosing The Right Stack for Mobile

Urban Airship Inc
1417 NW Everett St, Suite 300
Portland, OR 97209, US (map)



The problem: You are an enterprise or startup with some desktop offerings, and the writing on the wall has turned into the tattoo on your forehead. The time has come to turn some or all of your money printing machine into something that can be easily accessed and used on smartphones and tablets.

The solution: It depends.

It is also the topic of Dee Madden’s presentation at Mobile Portland this month: “Choosing The Right Stack for Mobile: The Pros And Cons of Each”

The topic of Native vs Hybrid vs Pure Web vs Shared Codebase vs Whatever is a well worn one, but dynamic and ever-changing, nonetheless. In this presentation, Dee will examine the current landscape, with a pragmatic approach that holds all solutions equal. He will cover the pluses and minuses of each, and how to leverage the more endearing traits of one over the other as the best solution for the problem at hand.

Among the stacks covered are:

  • Native
  • Hybrid “Shrinkwrap” solutions – a focus on PhoneGap, with some discussion of the others, such as Appcelerator and Sencha
  • Roll-your-own Hybrid – hybrid built with a custom native container
  • Drive-Through Hybrid – Codiqa
  • Shared Codebase – Xamarin, with a dusting of the Ruby-based Rhodes framework

Throughout, Dee will show some working examples of some of these, providing some concrete examples of the advantages of each, and some of the pitfalls that can come with them as applications evolve, with an anecdote or two for good measure.

Come on out and kick the shindig in the shins! Dee will have his shinguards on!

About Our Speaker

Dee Madden Mobile Solutions Consultant, SoftSource Consulting

Dee Madden is a Software Developer with over 16 years experience in building software, having done everything from Development, to Quality Assurance, Project Management, and Agile / SCRUM Coaching. For well over the last 3 of those years, He has been consumed with a passion for all things mobile and bleeding edge HTML/CSS/Javascript tech. He began life as a Punk Rock Musician and Multimedia Artist. Building from that, and a trip back to the house of higher learning, he found his way into designing and writing software.

Currently, he works as an Mobile Solutions Consultant, Full Stack Developer, and Instructor for SoftSource Consulting.