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How to Build a Mobile App


Peter Bell

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About This Class

Whether you're a business person responsible for figuring out your mobile strategy or a developer tasked with implementing it, this class will help you to understand the various options for building a mobile web app or website and how to choose between them. "Website or application?", "jQuery mobile, jQ touch or Sencha touch?", "Titanium or PhoneGap?", "Generated or native?", "How many devices to support?" are just some of the questions we'll cover. If you need a mobile strategy, this class will help jump start the process of figuring out how to best add a mobile component to your web presence.


  • Introduction 2:31
  • The Importance of Mobile 1:38
  • The Mobile Difference 7:51
  • Developing for Mobile 1:03
  • Building Mobile Sites 14:51
  • Simple Apps 8:20
  • Cross-Platform Native 6:01
  • Native Apps 4:22
  • From Mobile to Screens 2:42
  • Picking a Strategy 6:10


  • Develop a mobile strategy for your business
  • Describe the steps it take to develop a successful mobile product
  • Identify what your customers will really look for in your mobile app or site
  • Compare and contrast potential development options for your business
  • Recognize key considerations in designing for mobile

About the Instructor(s)


Peter Bell

Peter is founder and CTO of Speak Geek. He teaches business people to more effectively hire and manage developers - even if they don’t know how to code. He also provides help with coming up with mobile strategies, lean product development and specifying software and provides due diligence on engineers and outsourcing companies.

Peter is also a contract member of the Github training team and teaches a wide range of developer topics - from git, github, chef, devOps and hosting/scaling topics to neo4j, mongodb, redis, client MVC frameworks, javascript, ruby, python and java.

He has presented at a range of conferences including DLD conference, ooPSLA, QCon (New York, San Francisco and Shanghai), RubyNation, SpringOne2GX, Code Generation, Practical Product Lines, the British Computer Society Software Practices Advancement conference, DevNexus, cf.Objective(), CF United, Scotch on the Rocks, WebDU, WebManiacs, UberConf, the Rich Web Experience and the No Fluff Just Stuff Enterprise Java tour.

He has been published in IEEE Software, Dr. Dobbs, IBM developerWorks, Information Week, Methods & Tools, Mashed Code, NFJS the Magazine and GroovyMag. He's currently writing a book on managing software development for Pearson.

He is an organizer of the CTO School - an organization in NYC devoted to creating the next generation of technical leaders. He also organizes the node.js meetup in New York and co-organizes the Domain Driven Design and Grails meetups.

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