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Presentation: Mobile Web on Drupal!

Hi, everybody! Last night I gave a presentation to the Portland, Ore., Drupal Users Group (PDXDUG) about the vast topic of the mobile Web on Drupal. There’s a whole lot crammed into this 94-slide deck (and I delivered it in 45 minutes—whew!), and some of it will be old hat to mobile Web folks.

General contents:

  • Overview of current leading Mobile Web development philosophies
  • The chaotic reality
  • A couple of core tenets I try to stick to
  • Drupal for mobile: the good and the bad
  • Some early 3rd-party Drupal mobile modules
  • Code: Framing out our own hypothetical mobile Web module to detect devices, theme-switch, etc.
  • Where to from here/further reading

4 Comments on “Presentation: Mobile Web on Drupal!”

  1. Ran says:

    Thanks for the presentation Lyza Great Job! i can not believe these meetings are free. Have You used Sencha Touch? http://www.sencha.com if so any thoughts good or bad. And You said the main platforms are safari and webkit what is the windows phone using i can not imagine them using either of those.

    Thanks again for the presentation.

  2. Ran says:

    i know Your busy but thought I would throw this out there. 3 reasons why not to redirect mobile phones to there own page. i really have no idea why sites like google and others use mobile phone redirect over .mobi other then they want to show off there coding skills? One what if a mobile phone wants to see the desk top page they can not because You always get redirected and sure You can do a bunch more coding to work around this. Two You get more search engine accepted SEO with a .com and a .mobi without being labeled a “shadow domain”. And three search engines are working franticly to change there algorithm to find mobile phone pages for mobile phones.

    Ran

  3. Ran says:

    Oops Four, all phones are standardizing to HTML5 and JS.

  4. Tom says:

    Hi,

    Great presentation!

    Just wanted to give some extra info on Mobile Tools.

    – There is indeed a lot of stuff, in in many cases you can do with less…
    – In case you want more device information out of Mobile Tools, you can use WURFL to get all device details. See http://www.mobiledrupal.com/content/create-your-own-device-detection-algorithm-drupal-using-wurfl-and-mobile-tools

    I am open to all suggestions to make Mobile Tools better to fit your needs :)