Rhomobile Framework for Enterprise Customers - AnDevCon

tunisianbromidrosisInternet and Web Development

Feb 5, 2013 (4 years and 10 months ago)

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Adam Blum, adam@rhomobile.com

Effective Informational

Smartphone Apps

Background


iPhone and Android have changed the game


All users now
want
to run apps on their
smartphones


But


writing native apps that run at the edge is quite
different than web apps


Tools for mobility are mostly the same as 20 years
ago


Approaches to mobile development don’t incorporate
modern software engineering


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What’s Different v. Web Apps


focus on single tasks


less data types


leverage the device

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Context Sensitivity


take users right to the data


common metaphor: list of records at top level


or a map with objects


using location, time, user info to select


but no top level lists to select the right
object type/function


settings as an option on the tab bar

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iPivotal

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TrackR (Koombea)

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Local Data


make it possible to use the app without
connectivity


insure that user’s work on transactions
(Create/Update/Delete) is never lost


automatically cache (through database or
otherwise) frequently used data

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Handle Changed/

Dynamic Schemas


Enterprise apps (especially CRM and
ERP) NEVER use the default schema


But apps on the App Store are all written
to use the default schema


How do you handle this if you want to ship
enterprise apps on the App Store?

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What Not To Do: KinitoPro

all of this just to get to your
accounts? why not just use
reasonable defaults?

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What To Do:

RhoLogic for SugarCRM

(written with Rhodes)


take people to their objects right away. summarize data on
the device with dashboards

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Limit Objects/Functions


ideally one main object types


no more than two or three “dependent
objects”


limit features/functions/actions on objects

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IFusion

no local data (sync so you can access contacts
when offline)? no save to local PIM contacts?

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InfusionSoft

written with Rhodes. data is
synced and available offline.
robust set of capabilities on
each contact (tags, followup
sequence, history, action
set). save to PIM (address
book)


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Device Capabilities


smartphones have senses: sight, hearing,
touch


don’t do myopic web ports


you can probably use:


GPS


mapping


PIM contacts


camera

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What To Do:

Nationwide Claims App

great use of device
capabilities (GPS, camera) to
record accident info. free on
App Store

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Rapid Iterations


deliver small identifiable features
frequently


use a toolset that enables rapid iteration


Objective C might not be the best one for that

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Rhodes Architecture

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RhoSync

Server

your app
code

RhoSync

client

ORM (Rhom)

Rhodes components

Ruby

executor

HTML

templates

model

controller

model

HTML

templates

controller

Backend

app

mobile device

source

adapter

source

adapter

Backend

app

model

model

We provide:

You
write:

Rhodes

app

generator

Backend

app

Device

capabilities

smartphone device

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Address Your Full Userbase


Enterprises are ALWAYS heterogeneous


And becoming moreso every day
(Android, Meego, Windows Phone 7)


Your app will never be an enterprise
standard unless you reach all those
devices

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