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Palm webOS Developer Day : NYC 2010

Published November 22, 2010

On Friday and Saturday I attended the HP webOS Developer Day 2010 in New York City. Although I had never developed for webOS and don’t own a Palm Pre, my friend recommended I attend because, as a web developer, I am always coding with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript — the same markup and syntax that is used to create webOS apps. HP webOS, like myself, is a strong supporter of the new HTML5 and CSS3 standards in order to bring more rich functionality to its apps.

Session topics included introduction to webOS, Analytics, Homebrew Development on webOS, Cross-Platform Web Development, developing hybrid HTML/Javascript & C/C++ apps, Marketing Your App, Optimizing Performance, Development of the Facebook App Case Study, node.js, and a first look at Enyo, a next generation App Framework for webOS and mobile browsers.

I thought it was awesome that there was a talk by Rod Whitby of webOS Internals, a homebrew community that develops patches and customizations to the core of webOS (in an ethical way). This shows you how committed Palm is to its developer base. Remember that any Palm webOS device can become a developer phone (i.e. “root access”) just by entering the Konami code.

I was blown away by the quality of this event. HP went all out in treating the attendees very well. The venue and food catering was amazing. It was very easy to talk with the webOS engineers and experts, as well as other developers from around the world. And to top that all off? They gave everyone a Pre 2 to aid in development.

You can view videos of all the talks on Palm's YouTube channel. Here are some random pictures from the event: 

From Palm webOS Developer Day NYC 2010
From Palm webOS Developer Day NYC 2010
From Palm webOS Developer Day NYC 2010
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Michael Butler

Michael joined the RustyBrick team in 2008 to focus on transitioning existing web sites to new & enhanced platforms. He graduated from Rutgers University in 2005 and holds a B.S. in Computer Science.

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