Developing Mobile Apps with Javascript

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With the LESS app release imminent, I decided to venture into the core city of Los Angeles to meetup with a phone gap development group. They were presenting how to make mobile websites with Apache Cordova at a co-working place called OPODZ. Located off of 2nd St, finding where to park becomes difficult and settling for an overpriced parking garage may be necessary. If you drive too far away from the nearby shopping center, you will be positioned in a local homeless community where dozens of people live with all their possessions kept loosely within stolen shopping carts and tattered tents. Entering the well-lit and comfortable area inside eases the transition from the hopelessness of the outside to the creative one within.

The demographics of this software group is mostly older. Just about everyone arrives early, with a few exceptions coming in minutes later. The younger section keeps their laptops closed and focuses on the people speaking rather than the program itself. Whispers of cross-platform issues surface as the discussions continue. As time ticks on, it becomes clear that html and javascript is quicker to pick up than native Android or iOS programming which brings out the need for simpler coding environments. The features are limited but the knowledge transfer is faster with solutions like Phone Gap. This allows many wanna-be coders to dip their toes into the mobile developer world sooner than later by creating an app in just a few hours that will work on multiple platforms.

Programming here is relatively quiet. Highspeed WiFi, 24/7 access via key card, mailboxes & storage is all advertised as membership perks of OPODZ.  The kitchen is fully stoked with coffee, tea, and alcohol. Computers are laid across the walls and desks of the upper floor. Ideas and thoughts are drawn in various colors on a black chalkboard. As groups correlate below, the people above work on their own projects. As a mathematician writes algorithms on a nearby whiteboard and others pear into their laptop screens, I glance down at the individuals learning below. Of the 21 devices, 12 were Apple and 9 were Windows. Each personal computer has a new project on it that no has yet seen. Only the future holds the secrets of what will come out of nights like this. Following the events helps to see the beginning stages of work and places like OPODZ tend breed polished products before they hit the market. Go there if you want to relax and work on something new.

Additional Links:

OPODZ: http://www.opodz.com/

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