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Jeff DouglasSenior Technical ConsultantAppirioPlatform ArchitectCloudSpokesCo-Author, “Salesforce Handbook”@jeffdonthemichttp://blog.jeffdouglas.com
What to Walk Away With Strategies for building mobile applications with the Force.com platform. Best practices with Force.com mobile application with Ruby on Rails and Database.com. A deep love and appreciation for the Force.com platform.
Agenda Mobile development strategies Salesforce Mobile SDK The “Mobile Chow Finder” application Technology stack overview Database.com Ruby on Rails jQuery Mobile Databasedotcom gem Heroku Demo (aka “Show me the code!”)
Native vs. HTML5 vs. Hybrid
Native Applications Pros Feature rich, look & feel and performance Objective-C & Java Easy to find applications Easy to monetize applications Cons Limited to single platform Objective-C & Java Distribution via Apple App Store and Google Play
What Can You Build with PhoneGap?
Salesforce.com Mobile SDK Suite of open-source technologies for iOS, Android, HTML5 and hybrid applications Sample applications, quick start and webinars Mobile components for Visualforce Easy to build jQuery Mobile Visualforce applications
Building the “Mobile Chow Finder” HTML5 application for service members to find the local “Chow Hall” Database.com jQuery Mobile Ruby on Rails Geolocation Store favorites using LocalStorage
Database.com - Model A secure, cloud database for building social and mobile enterprise apps. Slimmed down version of Force.com database (essentially the Setup section) Only custom objects (no CRUD UI) Apex classes, triggers & workflow Identity & user management plus role and profile security Oauth2 & REST baked in Utilize your favorite Force.com tools Pricing based upon user licenses, records and transactions
Ruby on Rails - Controller Great for quickly building social and mobile applications Leverage thousands of open source packages and frameworks to build amazing applications. Databasedotcom Ruby gem Open source ruby client for accessing REST and Chatter APIs Supports OAuth2 ActiveRecord syntax Should be called ‘Forcedotcom’ gem Host the application on Heroku – WINNING!
Let’s Code this Sucker Up!
Recap – What Did We See? Strengths and weaknesses of mobile application development strategies. When to use one versus the other. The Salesforce.com Mobile SDK embraces all three development approaches. Advantages of using Database.com as a data store. How to quickly and easily develop HTML5 mobile applications using open source technologies. Best practices for developing mobile applications.
Additional Resources Force.com Mobile SDK http://wiki.developerforce.com/page/Mobile_SDK HTML5 vs Native: The Mobile App Debate http://www.html5rocks.com/en/mobile/nativedebate Mobile Framework Comparison https://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=0AsTInFQpmXDNdEdJU0ZNNGx3dDA3aXAxV3lXYWhXVHc
Jeff DouglasSenior Technical Consultant, Appirio, @jeffdonthemic http://blog.jeffdouglas.com