No one can deny the impact Apple has had on the software market with the release of iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches, and of course the iTunes App Store. It’s difficult to find a PHP developer anywhere who has not at least considered how they might be able to capitalize on Apple’s mobile marketplace. For PHP developers that are looking to build on iOS specifically, there are quite a few things to consider in terms of developing the right mobile strategy and approach. We will cover some higher level business considerations and then delve right into the technical hurdles a PHP developer or development team will face, and go over best practices on how to avoid these common pitfalls. The talk will include specific coding examples, comparing PHP syntax to Objective-C, as well as talking about the high-level differences between both languages, and discuss how that would impact application architecture and design. We will also focus on building PHP-based cloud backends for iOS applications, and the pros and cons of specific iOS SDK approaches specifically for PHP and various PHP-based frameworks.
When he is not skiing in Lake Tahoe or playing cards with friends from church, Mike Ho is working at Quasidea Development, a web and mobile-software development consultancy. He has over 12 years of PHP development experience, over 3 years of iOS development experience, and an extensive client list that includes NASA, Stanford University, Microsoft and Lockheed Martin. His past work includes working on the original Microsoft ASP.NET Starter Kits and being the lead developer of the Qcodo Development Framework for PHP. He holds a B.A. in Computer Science from Northwestern University… Go Cats!
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