Saturday, April 25, 2009

Is quantity quality in the case of Windows Mobile?

For my final project at the University of Ballarat in Australia I have been interviewing several companies who are involved in the development of mobile applications.

One of the things that I noticed was that non of the companies that I have been interviewing go for fully web-based mobile applications.

Another interesting thing was that most of the companies where focussed on supporting the Windows Mobile platform. Second came application development for a Java Virtual Machine (J2ME).

"Why is it that all those companies are so focussed on Microsoft?"

Yes Microsoft owns a big piece of the mobile pie, but is that piece as good as they say it is? Some say Windows Mobile has stability issues and probably will be phased out in the future.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Web-based versus Client-based

When developing a mobile application you have to make a choice on your approach.

"Am I going client-based or am I going web-based?"

Which approach is the best one?

Each approach has its own advantages and disadvantages.
With web-based applications you have your application centralised. This makes updating the application easy. The application is much more device independent.
A disadvantage compared to a client-based application is that you are also transferring data related to the graphical user interface.