2014 ISECON Proceedings - Workshop Presentation

Building Cross-Platform Mobile Apps with HTML 5 – A Beginner’s Guide to IBM Worklight

Jamie Pinchot
Robert Morris University

This workshop will present a beginner’s guide to building cross-platform mobile apps using IBM Worklight Studio. Mobile app development today must encompass a variety of mobile devices with different device models, form factors, and operating systems. To further confuse the beginner, there are several different types of mobile apps, including web apps, native apps, and hybrid apps that blend web and native capabilities in a variety of ways. This workshop will begin with an overview of the types of mobile apps in use today, discussion of the technology and background needed to develop each type, and the benefits and disadvantages of each approach. With a firm understanding of the mobile landscape, the workshop will continue with an introduction to IBM Worklight Studio. A hands-on lab exercise will be presented that showcases the use of HTML 5 and the Dojo Mobile JavaScript library to create a cross-platform mobile app suitable for both Android and iOS phones.

Targeted Attendees
The workshop will be geared toward information systems instructors with no prior experience developing mobile apps. Experience with HTML and JavaScript will be helpful, but is not required to complete the hands-on exercise. Ways to utilize IBM Worklight in existing web courses and mobile app development courses will be discussed.

Recommended Citation: Pinchot, J., (2014). Building Cross-Platform Mobile Apps with HTML 5 – A Beginner’s Guide to IBM Worklight. The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference, v.31 n.3175, Baltimore, Maryland