The Mobile Frontier
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What does a conference with over 70,000 attendees look like?
I recently chatted with Paridhi Verma about some of the things that stood out to me at MWC 2013:
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This blog post is contributed by Megan Irvine, WebSphere Education Course Developer/Instructor.
I was introduced to IBM Worklight several months ago, and at the time I did not have much experience developing mobile apps. I knew a little Java and HTML, and I was an avid Android user, but that was the extent of my skill set when I started using Worklight. Much to my amazement, I learned very quickly how to use it to develop rich mobile apps, leverage third-party tools and support multiple device platforms. I was surprised by how easy it was to get started and get up to speed on more advanced features. I would even say that if I can teach myself Worklight, you can too, even if you've never done mobile app development before.
In this article, I will give you my recommendations and advice on how to quickly get started with building portable, cross-platform mobile apps by using Worklight and common web technologies.
Check out these videos for a quick “crash course”:
I also found the book Hello! HTML5 and CSS3 by Rob Crowther to be very useful; it's a user-friendly guide with lots of good examples.
These frameworks are all supported in Worklight.
These IBM course offerings will get you up to speed on all the prerequisite web technologies very quickly, and they are all self-paced, virtual courses. No travel required! Once you sign up for the course, you have 60 days to complete it online at your own pace. You also get access to a remote lab environment to do the hands-on labs.
Bridging the gap: Apache Cordova (PhoneGap)
A good way to get started with learning Worklight is to download the IBM Worklight Developer Edition free trial. This edition includes the database and server components needed to develop and test mobile apps. Then you can access the product documentation and download some sample applications.
If you have questions or run into problems, the Worklight Forums on developerWorks are a good place to find help. These forums are monitored by experts: IBMers, IBM business partners and customers who have experience using Worklight.
If a more structured curriculum is what you are looking for, then check out these IBM course offerings:
After you complete this curriculum, you are ready to take the certification test: IBM Certified Mobile Application Developer - Worklight V22.214.171.124.
Megan Irvine is a WebSphere Education Course Developer/Instructor and an IBM Redbooks Thought Leader. Follow Megan Irvine on Twitter at @mirv_pgh.