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How to Develop a Web Service for the iPhone

The full AJAX support in the Safari based browser provides the ability to create a mobile experience way beyond WAP

The introduction of the iPhone was marked by huge publicity and the scrambling of all sorts of web services to roll out support for the unique features of the iPhone. The breakthrough browser in the iPhone provides the best mobile browsing experience to date. Not only does it support the multi-touch interface, but the full AJAX support in the Safari based browser provides the ability to create a mobile experience way beyond WAP. The challenge is that the iPhone provided no API, toolkits, or developer tools. So how do you make your normal web or WAP based application suitable for the iPhone.

This session will explore the challenges in adapting to some of the compelling features of the iPhone including,

· Super high resolution screen
· Multi-touch interface o Slide and Pinch movements
· Automatic orientation detection

It will also explore some of the challenges in creating a mobile AJAX application. It’s not the same creating AJAX for a PC based application. There are more browsers, evolving standards on the handsets, carrier considerations, and no standardized application framework. You’ll learn that sometimes you’ll just have to hack. That is, until official APIs are rolled out…please. All these issues were discovered while creating our service SoonR. You’ll get to see examples of all these problems and how we addressed it as we created our iPhone offering.

Speaker Bio:
Song is a Founder and Chief Evangelist at SoonR. Previously he served in executive positions at digital media platform developer Mediabolic (acquired by Macrovision in 2007). He was responsible for defining the award winning M1 platform powering many of today's digital media devices, including the Best of Show at CES (2003). Song has founded three Internet focused companies: PriceRadar, an auction information mining technology, sold to EBAY; Passky, a smartcard based security solution, sold to PubliCard; and, QuickSite, a database driven web site generation tool, sold to Site Technologies. In addition, he served as Director of Marketing at Frame Technology (acquired by Adobe Systems) and held senior product management positions at Borland International. He was part of the team creating category defining products such as Quattro Pro spreadsheet and dBase for Windows relational database system.
 
The world’s leading Rich Internet Applications & Web 2.0 event is expected to attract more than 1,000 i-technology developers. AJAXWorld grew from a single track, one-day seminar, less than a year ago, into a four-day international conference & expo with more than 150 sessions delivered in ten simultaneous tracks, by more than 150 faculty members. 
 
Track 01: Rich Internet Applications
Track 02: Web 2.0 Enterprise Mashups
Track 03: Enterprise AJAX
Track 04: RIA Frameworks & Toolkits
Track 05: Security in RIA Applications
Track 06: Hot Topics
Track 07: iPhone AJAX Applications
Track 08: Advanced AJAX
Track 09: Platform Choices / Real-World AJAX
Track 10: OpenLaszlo Diamond Track
 
The conference now includes the world famous AJAXWorld University's AJAX Developer Bootcamp, OpenLaszlo Track and Adobe Flex Developer Bootcamp. This year’s AJAXWorld Expo Floor is expected to display bleeding edge RIA technologies from the leading AJAX vendors.

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