Single-language Development of Cross-platform Mobile Apps

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Rich Kilmer (LivingSocial)

This talk will show 5 different frameworks that allow a single language to be used to target native applications on leading mobile platforms. “Cross-platform” does not mean the exact application executes unchanged on multiple platforms, but that a single language can be used to target them. The presented frameworks allow for shared code to be created while optimizing the experience for each particular platform. The frameworks discussed will include Titanium/Javascript, Corona/Lua, PhoneGap/Javascript, Rhodes/Ruby and MonoTouch/C#. Attendees of this talk will learn the strengths and weaknesses of these frameworks and leave the session with a better understanding of when to choose one over the other.

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Rich Kilmer


Rich is VP R&D for LivingSocial. Rich is leading LivingSocial’s efforts to dominate the local commerce marketplace through technological innovation. Rich, previously CEO and Co-Founder of InfoEther, also co-founded Ruby Central, a non-profit promoting Ruby and its community. Prior to InfoEther, Rich was CTO & Co-Founder of Roku Technologies. In his 20 years as a software technologist, he has been a CEO, CTO, sales engineer, designer, consultant and a systems security manager in the Air Force at the Pentagon.

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