Palm engineers had a lot to say at the Sprint Developer Conference. Instead of trying to have the last word about webOS development, Palm shared the stage with four of your colleagues‹developers who already have apps available on Palm Pre. We thought you’d want to get a glimpse of what they had to say.
Chris Sepulveda from Pivotal Labs demoed their first webOS app, the Twitter client Tweed, as well as Scoop, an RSS reader that’s just about to hit the catalog. He mentioned that Tweed was really Pivotal’s chance to kick the webOS tires, to try it out and see what they could do with it. “It was our ‘Hello World’ app, so to speak,” Chris said, “and it took us a couple of months to finish it.” By the time they got to Scoop, Pivotal engineering already had enough experience with webOS and the MOJO SDK that they were able to complete development in weeks.
He concluded with a couple of general points for web developers considering webOS development: First, when building a mobile app, you have to be much more concerned with ergonomics, that is your use of space and how users reach each part of your application. And, second, he suggested that webOS lets the developer focus on building the best applications, not simply
applications that work.
Don’t forget to read the webOS developer profiles series, “Getting Their Mojo Working,” in the webOSdev magazine.