Holly SchinskyTJ Van Toll

Hybrid Mobile App Development

Date: This event took place live on February 25 2015

Presented by: Holly Schinsky, TJ Van Toll

Duration: Approximately 90 minutes.

Cost: Free

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Hosted By: Simon St. Laurent, Peter Cooper

In this free online event, attendees will get a taste of some of the hybrid mobile app development topics we'll be covering at the upcoming Fluent Conference, in the shape of PhoneGap and NativeScript.

High-Performance Hybrid Apps on iOS 8
Holly Schinsky

Discover how to significantly boost the performance of your iOS 8 PhoneGap app by taking advantage of Apple's new WKWebView, powered by the Nitro JIT JavaScript engine. Benchmark tests have shown up to an 80% increase in the performance of apps using this new WebView. Currently this is not the default WebView used by your hybrid apps. However, in this session, you'll learn about a new plugin available that will replace Apple's previous UIWebView in your app with the high-powered WKWebView so you can start seeing the performance increases in your hybrid apps immediately.


About Holly Schinsky

Holly Schinsky (PhoneGap at Adobe) is working with the PhoneGap team at Adobe and currently focused on mobile development using PhoneGap, HTML/CSS and JavaScript. She has 17 years experience in software development including Java, Adobe Flex/AIR and ActionScript in addition to her recent hybrid mobile work. Holly's latest focus is on developer advocacy and education via her blog, samples and workshops.

Twitter: @devgirlfl

Introducing NativeScript
TJ Van Toll

NativeScript is a free and open source JavaScript framework for building native iOS, Android, and Windows Phone apps. But I know what you're thinking: another way of building apps? What makes NativeScript special? Here are a few cool things:

  • Direct access to native APIs—no plugins required. Want to create a file on Android? Run new java.io.File()—in JavaScript!
  • Completely native performance through the use of a JavaScript bridge natively available on all three mobile platforms.
  • Cross-platform libraries for common use cases. Need to call a JSON API? Run http.getJSON("https://api.mydomain.com/get").
  • Style native apps using CSS. Yep, that's actually a thing.

Curious about how it all works? Come learn! Architectures will be explained; apps will be built; and fun will be had by all.


About TJ VanToll

TJ VanToll is a developer advocate for Telerik, a jQuery team member, and the author of jQuery UI in Action. He has over a decade of web development experience—specializing in performance and the mobile web. TJ speaks about his research and experiences at conferences around the world, and has written for publications such as Smashing Magazine, HTML5 Rocks, and MSDN Magazine. TJ is @tjvantoll on Twitter and tjvantoll on GitHub.

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