"Pilot now, expand later" is a good motto for development teams looking to determine and establish value for their leading-edge projects. I'm a big fan of limiting exposure of a new idea to a select group of people you trust and who understand what you are trying to accomplish, and only later rolling it out more widely when the idea has shown its utility.
In "Techniques for rapid mobile solution development," developerWorks authors Tom Cook, Charisse Lu, John Reddin, and Emil Varga discuss the development of MyMobileHub, a web + mobile-web + web-native solution for sharing files among multiple platform types, including desktop, Android, iOS, and BlackBerry.
The authors show what you can accomplish with only a skeleton crew ["We gathered the developers together (both of them)"] and uninhibited feedback from engaged users. I appreciated this bit of candor:
"Sometimes even if you've done a great job working with your user-experience designers and UI designers to come up with what you believe is the best possible UI, your users complain they can't figure out how to do a simple task."
Skilled development and design teams can often get 90% of the way there, but that final 10% is often indispensable to users and can be too easy to overlook. Check out the article here:
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If you want to learn about a good way to develop and extend web applications for mobile devices (meaning Android devices, at present), download and try the IBM Mobile Technology Preview. MTP is a set of code samples and services to help you get started. Here's what comes in the box:
Web apps have difficulty accessing many of our favorite mobile device functions, like accelerometers, GPS, camera, and such, and they usually can't run when disconnected from a network like native apps can. You also can't sell them in an app store. If these issues are a concern for you, meet the hybrid app.
The authors of this article, Bryce Curtis, Gill Woodcock, and Todd Kaplinger, write:
"Native and web applications both have advantages and disadvantages, and many arguments have been waged over which is better. In an effort to resolve this battle, a new hybrid application tries to combine the advantages from both native and web applications.
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