Slides from jQuery Mobile: Building Tools for a Changing Web, Mobilism Conference 2011

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Last week, Filament’s Scott Jehl presented at the Mobilism Conference in Amsterdam. The presentation centered around our work on the jQuery Mobile Project: its goals, philosophy and current status, some of the lessons we’ve learned since the project began, and how those lessons and other influences are affecting jQuery Mobile’s direction.

Speaking of Influences…

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One major influence on the project as of late is the concept of Responsive Design, one of many techniques we’re using at Filament to develop the new Boston Globe website (scheduled for release this summer).

The site will use a single code base that adapts to many contexts, from feature phones, to high-end smart phones, to tablets, to modern desktop browsers. The technical challenges involved in this undertaking span many disciplines — including page layout, bandwidth management and performance, contextual considerations like touch gestures and location awareness — all of which are also faced by jQuery Mobile. We’re fortunate the Boston Globe was kind enough to allow us to share some of the technical details of the implementation in this presentation, and we’re excited that so many of the lessons we’re learning will benefit the jQuery Mobile framework.

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