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Cross Platform Mobile Apps with APIs from Qcon San Francisco


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Building cloud and API driven mobile apps introduces numerous complexities around syncing, caching, and securing data. In this presentation Alex Gaber explored numerous tools and frameworks including best practices around building HTML5 cross-platform hybrid native applications.

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Cross Platform Mobile Apps with APIs from Qcon San Francisco

  1. 1. Cross Platform Mobile Apps with APIsQcon 2012Alex Gaber, Layer 7 Technologies
  2. 2. What Does a Cross-Platform Native App Get Built With Layer 7 Confidential 2
  3. 3. Mobile Apps in the Enterprise – The Philosophical Debate Use only for development, not forMobile Web production. Pros + Cons need to be considered.Hybrid Native: HTML5 + Faster iteration. More platforms.PhoneGap BYOD. Leverages Native UI Controls, UsesHybrid Native, Runtime a Framework and Build Engine Best performance, most time toFull Native develop and maintain. Layer 7 Confidential 3
  4. 4. What Has Happened with Prominent HTML5 Apps? February 2012 - "We think this experience can be as good or even better than the native platforms," - Bret Taylor, CTO Facebook, Mobile World Congress February 2012 "The biggest mistake we made as a company was betting too much on HTML5 rather than native” - Mark Zuckerberg, CEO Facebook, Tech Crunch Disrupt September 2012 Layer 7 Confidential 4
  5. 5. Cloud Integration Considerations • HTML5 for Mobile: • Trough of Disillusionment? Layer 7 Confidential 5
  6. 6. Mozilla’s Take on HTML5: PerformanceComparing an HTML5 application’s performance with a native App is comparing a tailored suit with one bought in a shop. - Oct 2012 Layer 7 Confidential 6
  7. 7. Building an App – Define Requirements APIs for data? Read / Write?Cloud Integration Oauth? Offline Caching?Need any Native Camera, Bar Code Scanning, PushFunctionality? Notifications, Contacts, etc. Managing development budgets.Cross Platform Support How? OS^x + 3x = Cost Layer 7 Confidential 7
  8. 8. The Cloud Driven Mobile App SOA Adapters SDKPartner Connector Mobile ConnectorsCloud Connectors Social Application Connectors Firewalling Layer 7 Confidential 8
  9. 9. Mobile App Development Tools Browser-based cross platform app development tool. Simplifies usage of JQuery Mobile, HTML5, Javascript and PhoneGap, with an excellent interface to include APIs. - use code “AlexLayer7” for 2 months free. Client-based development, using Javascript. Compiles native apps leveraging native UI components. Mobile back-end as a service platform. Database, push notifications, user management. Mobile back-end as a service platform. Database, push notifications, user management. Layer 7 Confidential Layer 7 Confidential 9
  10. 10. HTML5 UI vs. Native DEMO Layer 7 Confidential 10
  11. 11. Tools to Explore and Test APIs HTTP Scoop - basically a live scan of HTTP requests to give you insights into API headers, parameters, and more. (Mac Only) REST Console is a chrome extension, that is an HTTP visualizer and constructor tool, helps developers build, test, and debug APIs. SOAP and REST web services testing and debugging tool, provides extended functionality for functional testing. Browser development tools, Firebug for Firefox, and Inspect Element for Chrome Layer 7 Confidential Layer 7 Confidential 11
  12. 12. The Layer 7 API Delivery & Management Platform Includes Transformation Routing Traffic Control Composition Authentication Entitlements API Keys Single Sign On Throttling Prioritization Caching Security Token Service OAuth 1.x OAuth 2.0 OpenID ConnectAPI Gateway API Identity BrokerHealth Tracking Performance Global Staging Config Migration Developer Plans API Explorer API Docs Enrollment Workflow Patch Management Policy Migration Reporting Quotas Rankings Analytics ForumsAPI Service Manager API Developer Portal Layer 7 Confidential 12
  13. 13. What Makes Us a Good PartnerGlobal Call Support with 3 NOCs In House PS Support API Design & Architecture Specialists Under API AcademyTiger Engineering Team Focused on Dedicated API Evangelists & Commitment to Telecom CategoryRapid Feature Introduction Outside Developer Strategists To Help WinRegular Product Cycle Developers Layer 7 Confidential 13
  14. 14. Over 250+ Global CustomersFinancial Services Communications Public Sector Select Others Layer 7 Confidential 14
  15. 15. The Only Category Vendor To Have Been Named a Leader By Both Forrester & Gartner The Forrester Wave: Gartner Magic Quadrant SOA & API Application Gateways, Nov 2011 For SOA & API Governance Technologies, Oct 2011 Risky Strong Bets Contenders Performers Leaders challengers leaders Strong Intel Vordel Software AG Forum Systems IBM Oracle IBM HP Progress Software ability to execute Layer 7 Progress Software Tibco Software Vordel Current Software AG SOA Software Offering Crosscheck Networks Mashery Bee Ware Managed Methods WS02 Tibco Software Intel Market Presence Weak Weak Strategy Strong niche players visionaries “Layer 7 SecureSpan is strong across the board. SecureSpan SOA Gateway “[Layer 7 has a] …. complete offering, with good coverage of general SOA scored well in all of the major functional evaluation categories…It has the governance (on-premises and in the cloud), B2B, ESB and API management broadest array of form factors and one of the strongest strategies for functionality…[The Company is] fast-moving, well on its way to implementing virtualization and cloud-based deployment.” its good vision for SOA governance and the related marketplaces.”Additional Notable Recognition Layer 7 Confidential 15