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WebTech @ Uplinq

Jul 1, 2010

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For those of you lucky enough to attend Qualcomm’s 2010 Uplinq developer conference, here’s a list of things you can look for from our WebTech team.

Paul Jacobs’ keynote will provide a few demos that illustrate some of the unique capabilities of our Snapdragon™-enabled platforms. Without revealing too much of our CEO’s pitch, one thing you will be impressed with is the increased snappiness of the Nexus One phone, versus when it was released back in February. Recall from an earlier blog that Nexus One contained none of WebTech’s optimized software when it was released. We’ve made quite a bit of progress since then.

Bijan Amirzada will describe and demo our activity with a Javascript application framework. As you know, there's no shortage of JavaScript frameworks available for webapp developers. One of the frameworks that caught our attention was the Cappuccino framework, which has some distinct differences and potential advantages.

First, Cappuccino focuses on webapps specifically, not websites, and as such is architected with a focus on decidedly app-centric APIs.

Second, Cappuccino employs a single language approach to webapp development with Objective-J, a superset of JavaScript with a syntax nearly identical to Objective-C. Cappuccino doesn't require the developer to know or deal with the DOM, CSS, or any of the myriad cross browser and platform differences.

Finally, Cappuccino's design philosophy for webapps is to perform as much of the work as possible in the client rather than on the server. This is particularly well suited to mobile devices where server connections can be intermittent and potentially expensive.

For Uplinq, we've developed a demonstration app that shows what's possible with Cappuccino on a mobile device. This is just scratching the surface, but it shows how Cappuccino can provide a rich user experience, native like performance, and access to web services as well as local device APIs such as geolocation and camera.

Yours truly will be participating in a roundtable to discuss Open Source in Qualcomm Innovation Center (QuIC). For my part, I will be discussing our focus within QuIC’s WebTech team and highlight some specific results to date.

I hope to see you there. If you are one of the two or three people that actually read this blog, please stop by and introduce yourself.

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