OSCON 2012: Design and Debug HTML5 Apps for Devices with RIB and Web Simulator from Intel

OSCON 2012: Design and Debug HTML5 Apps for Devices with RIB and Web Simulator from Intel

March 20, 2020 Off By Maggie Burke

I gave Intel‘s sponsored session at OSCON 2012 today. OSCON happens right here at home in Portland, OR, enabling the Intel folks to bounce around the sessions and the ever-important hallway track. My talk was Design and Debug HTML5 Apps for Devices with Rapid Interface Builder (RIB) and Web Simulator. I introduced and demonstrated 3 open-source projects recently released by Intel’s Open Source Technology Center, where I am a manager. My talk title was “HTML5 Apps for Devices” and not “Mobile Devices” because I was talking about how difficult it can be to debug Web apps on any kind of consumer device. Our new open-source tools enable easier UX development and debugging for smartphones (of course), but also for TVs and automotive devices.

The purpose of the OSCON session was to teach developers how to build UI for and debug HTML5 apps for mobile and other consumer devices using Rapid Interface Builder (RIB) and Web Simulator. RIB is a browser-based design tool for quickly prototyping and creating jQueryMobile Web apps for mobile devices and desktops. RIB generates HTML5 and JavaScript that can be imported into your IDE of choice to complete the app. Web Simulator extends Google Chrome developer tools to enable running and debugging web APIs for mobile platforms on the developer’s desktop system. Web Simulator allows you to simulate accelerometer and other sensor data, incoming and outgoing calls, geolocation events and battery status and other mobile device events in your Web app with fine-grained control over events. Additionally, I demoed a few of our open-source HTML5 casual games, sample apps made available to the community to teach the new syntax in HTML5.

Happy to say that the house was full for my talk, and I stayed afterward to answer questions from developers from private companies and governmental entities who are interested in integrating HTML5 into their product offerings. If you were in the audience, thanks for stopping by to see what’s new with HTML5 at Intel. If you didn’t catch the session, my slides are embedded below and a video is coming soon. The session was hands-on so the slides are just a summary of the demo goodness.