Overheard at 2012 CODESTRONG Mobile Developer Conference

Fresk leaves invoking a happy mood.

What do you want your legacy to be in this world?

Brian Blankenship, Clearly Innovative: I want to be known as a great father, a hardworking person who occasionally has a funny joke.

Mauro: A better world. I’m working in a program to teach programming to orphan kids. I want to empower those kids, so they can get better jobs in the future.

Boydlee: I think I’d like to be known for producing material that helped people out – whether that is through writing books, articles, providing free workshops or starting tiConf – anything that meant I gave back to a community that has been so good to me.

Ben Bahrenburg: I hope to leave a legacy of Innovation and Education. 

Summit Saxena, GlobalLogic: Create apps that connects & binds people, whilst removing the borders of countries.


How has Appcelerator helped you to achieve your dreams?

Hazem Khaled, eshtery: My company can get a product to market in less time and with less cash because I’m using Titanium to make my product.

Mauro: Titanium Appcelerator helped me to teach some junior people about mobile app development.  Since it’s free software, supported in all of the major OS’s and supporting technologies like Android, that’s free and open; it’s something easier for universities to get in the emerging markets.

Boydlee: I guess I was lucky here in a lot of ways – when I started developing mobile apps after being disillusioned by the enterprise sector it was all quite new – and cross-platform mobile development was even newer! This meant I was there from right near the start with Appcelerator and that meant I could do a lot of things I’d always wanted to do, writing a tech book being just one of them, talking and presenting at various events another. Since moving to the UK from Australia I have started a new mobile development company (90% of which is all Titanium development) as well as been to numerous events, met some great people and am even helping to create Europe’s first major Titanium conference – tiConf Europe!

Ben Bahrenburg: The Appcelerator platform and community have opened doors to travel, write, and learn from some amazing people all while exploring new ways to solve mobility challenges.

Summit Saxena, GlobalLogic: Appcelerator allows us to do more whilst writing less.  If I was developing native apps it would take far longer to create, thus compromising user usability & not being cost effective.

Brian Blankenship, Clearly Innovative: Appcelerator gives me the tools to create interesting solutions for interesting clients.


Sage advice for future mobile developers:

Alley: The best piece of advice I got as a mobile dev is a prototype in HTML 5 before building native.

Ketan Majmudar, Spirit Quest: Mobile is such a new world from normal web development.  It’s easy to think it’s just web development that’s just scaled down, but it’s a whole new level of interaction in an exponentially growing market.  It’s truly worldwide, anytime communication, so the playing field is different.  For those new to it, have fun!  Explore!  How you’re designing your apps is really for different kinds of people, unlike people who’d interact with a traditional website — remember that it could be anyone engaging with your app.

Sharry Stowell, Learning Titanium: Find the right tools for the job. Ideally, use my existing web skills to create amazing apps with minimal effort.

Daniel O’Leary: Human interface guidelines are your friend, use them!

Jesse Tucker: Don’t consider any coding practices to be standard…the industry is growing and evolving too fast.

Ben Dehghan, Crate Away: Don’t start from a desktop and try to reduce it down to a mobile — that will definitely fail… it’s a recipe for disaster.  The way you approach mobile is that you start from mobile first.  You start from the notion that you have very unsavvy users — it could be anyone, as anyone can download your app — and people expect to see what they can do on the screen all of the time.  Your assumption about what people can do needs to be completely different.  When you come from a desktop world to mobile, if you bring all of that baggage with you — you start putting menus and buttons and that type of stuff, hiding information under layers and layers of UI — people aren’t going to find things, they’re going to get frustrated, and you’re going to get frustrated, and everything’s going to be a mess.


Why being a mobile developer is the coolest gig ever:

Ben Horgan: Low hardware costs & constant connectivity creates huge potential.

James Semple, Sales Engineer for Europe, Middle East, and Africa, Appcelerator: Being a mobile dev is the coolest gig ever because mobile affects everyone in all walks of life!

Asim Siddiqui, Sales Engineer for the Americas, Appcelerator: Because mobile is the evolution of personal computing and I love cutting edge technology

Rafael K. Streit: Help people to live better, making their lives easier.

Julian: With my MacBook Pro, Ti Studio and some internet, I can go any place on earth and develop apps… and I do!

Randall G. Arnold: I love being a mobile developer for the opportunity to solve problems for people-on-the-go.


What’s exciting about being in the mobile industry today:

Todd Wakerley of Symantec: The speed at which things change.  As Jeff Hainey was saying, we’re not even five years into this mobile revolution, and it’s fundamentally changing the way industries do business.  On the enterprise side, it’s no different, maybe a little bit slower, but certainly no different than on the consumer side.  We’re seeing a huge shift on the consumer side in how they’re enabling their employees to be more productive on their mobile devices whether it’s ones that they purchase or ones that they’ve brought into the enterprise, and they’re found a way that they want to be able to secure information on those devices and yet still allow that rapid growth and development.

Nathan Chandra, WeLink: How fast mobile devices are moving into the hands of people… You saw in around 2008 how laptop computers got really popular, and now you’re seeing the same thing occur with mobile devices but at exponential growth rates.  The data that someone has in their pocket on a little phone is amazing, and it’s exciting to see all of the different uses the human race is being able to make from these awesome devices.

Raul Riera: I’m insanely in love with the distribution channel by Apple and Google. For us indies, it’s a dream come true.