How eRCP stacks up against Android and other Mobile Rich Client Platforms

Ken Walker (IBM Canada), David Girle (IBM)

Mobile And Embedded · Long Talk
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Tuesday, 10:10, 50 minutes | Great America Ballroom JK | Download in iCal Format

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Ken Walker

David Girle

The last year in mobile development has seen incredible strides in the availability of devices capable of running Rich Client applications. eRCP has been around for over 2 years, the mobile web was changed with the introduction last year of the iPhone and recently Android was announced. This talk will highlight the differences between the Mobile Rich Client development models based on Eclipse eRCP and the Android platform. Does Web 2.0 programming offer something none of these models provide? Using examples, the audience will come away with an understanding of how each model can be used, the capabilities, benefits and pitfalls of each approach. You should attend this talk if you're either curious about Mobile development or if you've got the next silver bullet mobile application idea and want to know which Rich Client model you should use. The speakers have a combined 20 years of mobile development experience in applications, virtual machines, class libraries and tooling.

Ken Walker is the Manager of the J9 Embedded Java Class Libraries team at IBM where he develops Virtual Machines and Class libraries for a wide range of devices and installations. These libraries are now part of Apache Harmony and thus the Android platform. He is the Specification Lead for JSR-075 and was on the expert group for JSR-195. He has done numerous JavaOne and EclipseCon presentations as well as other Embedded Conference talks. Previous projects include team leader roles for VisualAge for Smalltalk and the UI implementation of VisualAge for Java. Ken is also an Eclipse Committer.

David has been involved in mobile Java development for over 10 years. Currently he works on architecting and implementing custom applications and solutions in the OEM space for IBM's Workplace, Portal and Collaboration (WPLC) division. He lead and helped implement IBMs SyncML4J toolkit He served as IBM's JavaME Executive Committee representative and on the Expert Groups for JSR-226 and JSR-246. He has previously spoken at Lotusphere.

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