InterLab 2011

National Renewable Energy Laboratory October 31st–November 3rd, 2011


Below is the InterLab 2011 agenda for Monday, October 31. Activities include breakfast, two workshops, lunch, and an optional after-hours gathering.

Monday, October 31, 2011

All events for Monday are located at the NREL Research Support Facility (RSF).

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

8:00–8:45 a.m.

Check in at NREL Visitor's Center, bring driver's license, walk to Research Support Facility

8:00–9:00 a.m.Continental breakfast in the Research Support Facility, Room 344

9:00–12:30 p.m.

Workshop: Building Mobile Applications with PhoneGap

Leader: Simon MacDonald

With mobile applications, one of the first choices you have to make is which technology direction to take. Developers may choose to develop native applications, or develop browser-based applications using HTML and CSS to give an appearance similar to native devices. With native applications, the programming model and languages are not common across all devices; with browser-based applications, you can't access all of the capabilities included on mobile devices. This is where PhoneGap comes in. PhoneGap is an open source development framework for building cross-platform mobile apps. Build apps in HTML and JavaScript and still take advantage of core features in iPhone/iPod touch, iPad, Google Android, Palm, Symbian and Blackberry SDKs.

In this instructor led workshop participants will learn to build cross platform mobile applications from the ground up using PhoneGap. Topics covered will include:

  • An overview of the mobile development landscape
  • The PhoneGap philosophy
  • A trip through the PhoneGap JavaScript API
  • Extending PhoneGap functionality via native code.

Note: Participants please download the software to your computer in advance of the workshop. Software Download Instructions PDF File.

12:30–1:30 p.m.

Lunch: Box lunches

1:30–5:00 p.m.

Workshop: Accessibility for the Modern Web Professional

Leader: Derek Featherstone

In this half day workshop, you'll join Derek Featherstone as he helps you explore the true meaning of accessibility for the modern Web. We'll look at how the long-established principles of progressive enhancement help ensure a baseline level of functionality in your sites and applications and how you can make them shine to create truly useful experiences. Add to that a mix of modern technology such as CSS3, HTML5, ARIA and JavaScript for websites that work for everyone, including people with disabilities.

This workshop is filled with practical advice and guidance on what you need to do right now to make your applications more accessible for now and the future.

5:30–7:30 p.m.

Optional event: cocktail hour at The Keg