Mobile Application Development at IDF 2013

Last week I (along with many other Intel Employees and customers) attended the Intel Developer Forum at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.  I was impressed with the range of mobile application development tools showcased, along with the new devices and other technologies.  In case you missed the conference, here’s a quick summary of some tools I saw and/or presented.

First, Intel’s software group released an updated version of the XDK (appropriately named “XDK NEW“) last week, and they showcased it on the HTML5 pavilion.  There was also a hands-on lab that allowed participants to develop multi-platform HTML5 apps from scratch.  In one of the exercises we showed how to consume an API that was surfaced by Intel® Mashery’s API Management platform, presenting a legacy XML asset as padded JSON (a standard mobile application development convention).  In the Intel booth we also showed an enterprise mobile application that we developed using the XDK and Mashery’s API Management to allow employees to access data when and where it’s needed (more on that in a future post).

The Intel® HTML5 App Porter Tool was the other cool mobile application development tool I saw over at the HTML5 pavilion.  This utility lets developers import legacy IOS source code, transforming it to HTML5 and JavaScript.

Over in the security pavilion I saw some interesting demos of enhanced security for mobile applications, including an approach that factors in not just who is using the app but also the security characteristics of the device and server.  In another area I got to see some pretty impressive displays of apps built around the Internet of Things, surfacing data from a wide range of sensors and synthesizing relevant information for the user.  And in yet another demo I got to play a game on a laptop that was equipped with sensors that followed my eyes, using my gaze to control the action.

Travis Broughton

About Travis Broughton

Travis is an architect with Intel's Data Center Software Division. He has fifteen years of experience with Intel IT, working as an Enterprise Architect.

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