#4 Expand my experience
skills, and understanding in web development ICT technologies.
Where did you create this artifact?
The artifact “How Web Development Is Changing In Response to Mobile Technology” was created during course ICT 575.
The instructor assigned this artifact as a Graduate student requirement and challenged students to articulate current and emerging trends related to providing web content to mobile devices.
What I Learned, How did you learn this?
I learned by doing research on mobile web development trends that one current problem in web development is that developers are struggling to deliver high performance quality content across multiple mobile operating systems and hardware platforms. The many changes developers need to make to accommodate mobile technology can lead to frustration when creating a mobile experience that needs to work for 550 million people across 7,000 different kinds of phones. With the current rise in popularity and usage of the iPhone and other Smart Phone technologies user expectations for the mobile experience has grown exponentially.
Why this is important:
In an effort to make web development more standardized, manageable and cost efficient, business and industry professional have begun to work together toward a potential solution. Ian Jacobs, editor of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)’s HTML4 recommendations and other standards stated that: “The Web is now a platform for applications with two driving forces. First is the proliferation of diverse devices joined with the variety of browsers, this has complicate life for developers, who want to “write once and deploy everywhere.” Second, is, “the Web has now embraced the social networking model which can enable businesses to reach hundreds of millions of more customers”. The web can now be accessed from mobile smartphone and tablet devices and as the use of these devices continue to increase developers will be constantly challenged to develop applications, tools, products and services to meet the needs of consumers and business managers and executives.
How can you apply?
In my role as a developer I will look to implement standard development tools that make mobile web development more efficient.
HTML 5 is one development tool growing in popularity and can be used by developers to create mobile friendly websites. On December 17, 2012 the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) published the complete definition of the HTML5 (World, 2012). Now developers have a standard in web development that they can begin to use to address some of the interoperability, browser fragmentation and hardware design issues seen today. HTML 5 is beginning to have an impact in web development. Web developers are changing the way they build websites because of HTML5, a set of standards designed to make website development easier in a mobile multimedia world.
What challenges & obstacles did you overcome?
To Implement processes that customize the presentation of content for mobile devices in my website assignment I had to learn how to use CSS media queries to create a mobile version of my website. This was challenging for me as I had not researched any techniques or had any experience in mobile web development. I was able to learn a few techniques from the text book, lectures and internet research that enabled me to specify under what conditions a style sheet or a particular set of CSS rules should be applied. I was able to create style sheets for Android, iPhone and iPad devices. I was also able to test the HTML and CSS code by using 3rd party free internet based mobile device emulators.
· Research Paper:
How Web Development Is Changing In Response to Mobile Technology. In this research report I will provide a literature review of how web development is changing in response to mobile technology.