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to Ireland in 2003 and had the opportunity to
join the TSSG, I knew it was the right move.
What made you want to write a book
about mobile development in the Cloud?
Well, the publisher asked me! My editor at
Wiley had come across my work and thought
I might be interested in writing a book. At first
I hesitated because I knew it would be very
time-consuming – though I didn’t quite realise
how much! However, I was keen to help people
leverage the power of apps while the market is
so exciting – to help them strike while the iron
is hot. There is money to be made if you know
how to do it right. That’s also why I made sure
in the book to include a dedicated chapter on
how to market your app once you’ve built it.
Also, while I was working in FeedHenry I quickly
realised that there are very few books that
clearly explain how to use the Cloud for mobile
app development. I wanted to try to fill that gap.
How can Cloud-based applications create
mobile apps?
Firstly, you have to look at Cloud-based
applications, which help you to understand how
to use HTML5 to create cross-platform mobile
apps. Then you use Cloud services to enhance
those apps. In the book, I included information
to allow you to learn how to build your first app
with HTML5 and set it up in the Cloud, while
also discovering how to use new server-side
environments like Node.js to your advantage.
In the book I explain the steps needed to build
applications for the iPhone and Android as well
as how to enhance your app through faster
launching, touch vs. click, storage capabilities,
and a cache.
Last year, I built the new Sunday Business Post
web service at
, using the
methods described in the book.
Would I be right in saying this is a hugely
growing market at the moment?
Oh yes, without a doubt, they’re 200,000+
apps featured in the iPhone store and 50,000+
in the Android store and with Kindle releasing
the ‘Kindle Fire’ the growth in the market is
huge. I believe apps will continue to increase in
popular. Customers are looking for interactivity
as well as rewards and exclusive content. It
personalises the users experience.
Where do you see the future of mobile
app development?
Mobile apps are just the latest example of a
move towards ubiquitous services. Companies
can no longer afford to simply tick off the latest
technology fashion. It’s not good enough to
simply say, “We have a website, now we need
a mobile app”. Instead, the long term trend is
towards delivering services with well-defined
interfaces. If you take this approach from the
start, you can future-proof your company
against rapid changes in technology.
That means that as the mobile revolution
continues, and as a new technology revolution
arises to replace that (who knows what it will
be!), companies can easily extend the ways
in which customers can talk to them, without
rebuilding everything yet again.
What are you currently working on?
I’ve started a new HTML5 mobile apps and
Node.js consultancy with Cian O’Maidin, who’s
also based in Arc Labs in Waterford. We’ve
known each other since we were on the South
East Enterprise Platform Programme in 2004,
so it’s a good fit. We’re also collaborating
with the TSSG on research work to develop
new methods of synchronising mobile data
Richard Rodger’s book Beginning Mobile
Application Development in the Cloud
launched in Hodges Figgis in Dublin on March
21st, and is available at the following outlets:
From the publisher, Wiley:
From Amazon:
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- Hodges Figgis, 56 – 58 Dawon Street, Dublin 2
- The Book Centre, 25 John Roberts Square,
Richard Roger
Mobile Application Development in the Cloud
- Interview with Author Richard Roger
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ichard Rodger TSSG alumni and former
CTO of the TSSG’s successful spin-out
company, FeedHenry, which offers
a cloud-based mobile application
platform solution that enables the development,
deployment, integration and management of
secure mobile apps for business and enterprise
markets. Richard is the author of the latest major
new work to come out of the US on mobile
apps and cloud computing: Beginning Mobile
Application Development in the Cloud, published
by Wiley. Richard Rodger was an integral part of
FeedHenry’s product offering and success. We
sat down with Richard to ask him more about his
latest published work.
Tell us a bit about yourself have you always
had an interest in Telecommunications?
I’ve always been fascinated by software and how
it can be used to make people’s lives better. When
I was a kid, my grandmother bought my first ever
computer, a Spectrum 48K. My aunt-in-law was a
programmer and she gave me my first initiation into
writing my own programs.
When the internet came along in the early 1990s I
realised that this was where I wanted to be: A world
where software connected people and boundaries
were meaningless. I started out as a programmer in
Dublin in the 1990s when the internet in Ireland was
first taking off. It was an exciting time. I worked with
organisations like Davy Stockbrokers, Glen Dimplex
and the Department of Agriculture, building some
of Ireland’s first websites.
I then relocated to Germany where I moved
into software project management and design.
I commuted between Germany and Bulgaria,
managing teams in different locations and in
different languages. Sometimes we had three
languages on the go in our team meetings
– English, German and Bulgarian. That was a
challenge of quite a different kind!
My wife worked in Ericsson in Dublin in the late
1990s and through that connection, I knew that
mobile was going to be big. So when I came back
Richard Rodger