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People using mobile devices demand excellent user experiences from your apps. In this design-heavy workshop for existing object-oriented programmers, you’ll learn how to craft an application that’s not only functional and useful, but also a pleasure to use.
You’ll learn how to think about designing a mobile app that users love: we’ll start by building wireframes, and you’ll learn how to translate those wireframes into actual working code, and how to evaluate your designs for future improvement. Attendees will come away confident with the skills to build an application for for any mobile platform rivalling the best iOS apps in usability and look. You’ll come away with a functional app that looks pretty and works great on the latest phones and tablets.
You don’t need to be an existing mobile developer to attend this workshop, and while we’re teaching the coding parts using the Android SDK in this workshop (and you don’t even need to know Java to enjoy this), it’s a largely platform-agnostic workshop that focuses very heavily on teaching you great design skills.
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TUTORIAL REQUIREMENTS AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR ATTENDEES
Please make sure you have Eclipse, the latest Android SDK, and a GitHub account –– you’ll probably want to bring your laptop, too.
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Paris is co-founder of Secret Lab Pty. Ltd., leading production and design efforts in the mobile game and app development space. A frequent speaker at conferences, workshops and training sessions, Paris enjoys discussing engineering, product development, design and other facets of the mobile and game development worlds. Recent conferences include Apple Australia’s /dev/world/2012 in Melbourne (and 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011), a keynote at CreateWorld Brisbane 2010 (and a speaker in 2009 and 2011), IxDA’s Interaction 11 in Boulder (March 2011), XMediaLab Location-Based Services in Malmo, Sweden (January 2011), a tutorial and a session at OSCON 2011 and OSCON 2012, linux.conf.au, and many others.
Paris is a highly experienced software developer, product and project manager. Key experiences include Objective-C/Cocoa on the Macintosh and iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad platforms, Java on Blackberry and Google Android and C# on Windows Mobile. Open GL ES and Unity are also favourites.
Paris recently spent 2 years leading Meebo Inc.’s mobile strategy; Meebo was one of the world’s fastest growing consumer internet companies and was acquired by Google in 2012. Paris is currently working on his next book, also with O’Reilly, whilst working towards the completion of his PhD in Human-Computer Interaction, focusing on the iPad.
Christopher is a semi-professional nerd, based in Hobart, Australia, doing freelance Android app development for clients throughout the world. Since he likes it when developers share their experiences, he has organised developer-focused miniconfs at Linux.conf.au since 2010, and is co-organiser of PyCon Australia, taking their 2012 and 2013 conferences to Hobart.
When not coding, Christopher can be found taking long, artificially-lit walks down fake beaches, arguing the benefits of Python to anyone who won’t listen, and watching other people drinking beer. He enjoys presenting on Mobile development at Open Source conferences, and presenting on Open Source development at Mobile conferences.
Jon is the co-founder of Secret Lab, the world’s least not-evil mobile development studio. Jon heads up the development team at Secret Lab, developed mobile applications for Meebo (acquired by Google), and is a PhD student at the University of Tasmania in Australia.
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