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Head First Mobile Web by Lyza Danger Gardner, Jason Grigsby

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Lyza Danger Gardner (@lyzadanger) is a dev. She has built, broken, and hacked web things since 1996. Curiously, Lyza was actually born and raised in Portland, Oregon, the town where everyone wants to be but no one seems to be from.

Lyza started college early and cobbled together a motley education: a BA in Arts and Letters from Portland State University, followed by a master’s program in computer science at the University of Birmingham (UK).

Lyza has written a lot of web applications (server-side devs, represent!), defeated wily content management systems, optimized mobile websites, pounded on various APIs, and worried a lot about databases. Fascinated by the way mobile technology has changed things, she now spends a lot of time thinking about the future of the Web, mobile and otherwise.

Since cofounding Cloud Four, a Portland-based mobile web agency, in 2007, Lyza has voyaged further into the deep, untrammeled reaches of Device Land, exploring the foibles and chaos of mobile browsers and the mobile web. She has an odd set of anachronistic hobbies, and it has been said that she takes a fair number of photographs. She owns a four-letter .com domain. We’ll bet you can guess what it is and go visit her there.

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In 2000, Jason Grigsby got his first mobile phone. He became obsessed with how the world could be a better place if everyone had access to the world’s information in their pockets. When his wife, Dana, met him, he had covered the walls of his apartment with crazy mobile dreams. To this day, he remains baffled that she married him.

Those mobile dreams hit the hard wall of reality—WAP was crap. So Jason went to work on the Web until 2007, when the iPhone made it clear the time was right. He joined forces with the three smartest people he knew and started Cloud Four.

Since cofounding Cloud Four, he has had the good fortune to work on many fantastic projects, including the Obama iPhone App. He is founder and president of Mobile Portland, a local nonprofit dedicated to promoting the mobile community in Portland, Oregon.

Jason is a sought-after speaker and consultant on mobile. If anything, he is more mobile obsessed now than he was in 2000 (sorry, sweetheart!).

You can find him blogging at http://cloudfour.com; on his personal site, http://userfirstweb.com; and on Twitter as @grigs. Please say hello!

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