Peter Vesterbacka has the coolest title right now. He is “Mighty Eagle” of Rovio, the gaming company behind the mega-hit Angry Birds (which has topped the App Store for what feels like an eternity even though it is a matter of months!). The game has burst onto webOS this week, and we had the pleasure of sitting down with Peter for a special Palm Developer Podcast chat about both the experience of having a run away hit, and the experience of bringing it to the webOS platform.
You can probably see how much Ben and I actually enjoy the game ourselves as we talk about it with Peter. The soundtrack lingers in my head even as I write this post
If you watch and listen to the podcast you will learn:
What Angry Birds is, and the history behind the title (green pigs? why!)
How Rovio is a very experienced gaming company
The secrets behind the gameplay, and lessons for game developers out there in this regard
Thoughts on why the game has been a success, and where they will be taking it from here
How they reached out to the webOS community, and how the community responded in force
Ben and Dion are joined by Matthew McNulty as they share details on Ares, Palm’s web-based tool for creating webOS apps. Matt gives a video walk through of the tool and provides the history, the how, and what it means to webOS and you!
What does this mean for you, the developer community?
Phil McKinney, vice president and chief technology officer for HP’s Personal Systems Group (which the new Palm business unit reports into), kindly came to meet us and talk about the opportunity that arises from an HP backed webOS.
Phil discusses reasons why HP was interested in Palm, their commitment to the smartphone space, how they want to grow into new areas of mobility (e.g. slates, netbooks), and how their scale can help us grow to new heights.
Listen in to Phil to get a feel for what he and HP are thinking.
We took on the development of the Facebook application a few months back. If you want to see what it takes to build functionality as we have in the Facebook app, follow us as we go through a variety features and walk through the code to show you how it all comes together.
With the new Hot Apps for PDK announced and $1M dollars of awards at the ready, you may want to know a bit more about the PDK tools and APIs? Fortunately, we have the right chap for the job….
In episode 4 of the Palm Developer Podcast, we were fortunate enough to have a great guest from Palm engineering. Jeff Bush runs the group that produces the Plug-in Development Kit (among other things). He joined us after our GDC coming out party for the PDK to share in detail information on what the PDK is, experiences from our initial developers (EA, Gameloft, Glu, etc), and then a full coding walk through of how you actually get going with the PDK.
Watch the show to learn about the tools that we have, what libraries are available, what the “PDL” is, how full screen PDK apps get the benefit of up-clocking the CPU, and much more!
Ben and I had the real pleasure of hosting a Palm Developer Day event at our Sunnyvale headquarters. On Friday, we hosted a tutorial “get up to speed on webOS” day, and on Saturday we had two tracks of jam packed content from Palm engineers, amazing third party developers from the community, and members of our Developer Relations team.
It was incredibly energizing to meet with developers, some new to our platform, some dating back to the old PalmOS days. It was very clear that people love webOS and were excited to share with each other. We had sessions that tried to cover many aspects of being a mobile developer. We had deep dives on webOS technology from core architects of engineering, hands on tips from our awesome UX team on delivering amazing experiences on mobile, and business level talk sharing how to use all of the levers available to monetize or maximize downloads for your applications.
The welcome keynote, on Saturday morning, started out talking about the history of platforms, and how amazingly fortunate we are to have the Web. For most of the history of computing, the relationship between developers and proprietary platforms has been an interesting dance. At times we are aligned, and at times we aren’t. The Web brought in an openness that abstracted out the relationship.
The Web has gone beyond the days of the document, and the platform is growing in power. We discuss the key areas of the platform that are accelerating as we see HTML5 grow up.
Then, we got to share some of the exciting features that we are adding to webOS for developers by the end of Fall:
Accelerated CSS transforms and animations
Background asynchronous services
Low-level network I/O
“Medium-level” HTTP via CURL
Fast XML streaming parser
db8: what if you had access to a fantastic performant native JSON store? That is where db8 comes in, our new open source JSON datastore that includes:
Native JSON storage with query mechanism
Built-in primitives for easy cloud syncing (Easily query changed / deleted data, Designed to sync with CouchDB in the cloud)
Fine-grained access control for apps
Mobile-optimized and fast (especially for updates)
Audio / Video Recording
Media Indexer Access
Secure Key Manager + Crypto Libs
Bonjour / Zeroconf
We go into details of this and more on a podcast here:
We are excited to release the first video in a new developer podcast series. There is a ton of interesting development happening in the community as well as at Palm itself, and we wanted a way to share some of this material.
In our first episode, we wanted to do an introduction to some of our thinking about the mobile landscape, and how Palm fits in to it. It gives you an overview of the various programs that Palm offers developers; from the choices you have in distributing your application, to our Hot Apps program.
But what about the future? You can expect a few different things from the series:
News from the Palm and greater mobile Web ecosystem
Walkthroughs on how to build and distribute applications in depth
Interviews with Palm engineers to share tips, tricks, and deep information on the platform
Third part developers will join us to discuss what they have learned
Subject matter experts coming in to talk about a niche that they are passionate and knowledgeable on.
We are really excited to introduce you to some of the great engineers that we have, as well as more from the community at large. What would YOU like to see?