There are two distinct ways to develop applications for Apple's iPhone,
the top tech gadget of the year. Programmers can choose to create
optimized web applications using web languages, or to write native
programs using the iPhone SDK. Rather than seeing this as an either-or
proposition, developers should consider the choice a continuum and pick
the right tool to create each individual program. In this talk from the 2009 Emerging Communications Conference, Christopher Allen of iPhoneWebDev.com breaks down the pros and cons of each method as well as the tools to support them.
With iPhone web applications, programmers can enjoy all the advantages of the Internet, including ease of development and deployment, speed of updating, and off-line server access. Meanwhile, with iPhone native applications, programmers can immerse themselves in a sophisticated development environment, dig deep into an object-oriented language, and access the iPhone's built-in utilities, like its accelerometers and its GPS. This session highlights the advantages and disadvantages of each style of programming and discusses ways to hybridize them, creating integrated projects that utilize the best of both worlds.
Christopher Allen is one of the leaders of the iPhone developer community. He is one of the founders of iPhoneDevCamp and oversees its Hackathon, is co-author of "iPhone in Action:Introduction to Web and SDK Development", published by Manning. A longtime entrepreneur & technologist, Christopher is also a leader in social software and was one of the authors of TLS, the next-generation SSL protocol.
This free podcast is from our Emerging Communications series.