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Open Source Innovations for Mobile Application Development

At 14th Cloud Expo, StrongLoop’s Shubhra Kar will highlight open source innovations and DevOps best practices

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Enterprises need an API tier to meet the demands imposed by mobile technology. The impact of next generation of API servers on mobile and middleware development can be equated to the impact J2EE application servers like WebLogic, JBoss or WebSphere had on web development. It enables enterprises to surface business critical data residing in traditional back ends, databases and service tiers on-premises or on the cloud to multi-channel mobile apps.

An API tier is technology "super glue" that ties together endpoints of disparate enterprise systems, then exposing a uniform API to all clients. The clients include web browsers, mobile smartphones, tablets, and wearables. Each has its own set of capabilities and limitations and therefore unique user experiences. An API tier works on top of existing data and services to leverage existing systems in the context of mobile and next-generation clients. It acts as a natural bridge between front end and back end, providing for increased efficiency as well as rapid iteration to meet changing requirements.

At StrongLoop we believe that full-stack JavaScript is the ideal solution for an API tier. Along with the maturation of HTML5 and CSS3, JavaScript on the front end provides a practical and attainable means to develop cross-platform hybrid mobile applications for multiple devices. Node.js on the back end provides a monoglot way to share components between back end and front end within the MVC paradigm. Ultimately, business logic and application functionality can also be leveraged between back end and front end.

In his session at 14th Cloud Expo, Shubhra Kar, Director, Products and Systems Engineering at StrongLoop, will highlight open source innovations, DevOps best practices and mature tool chains / processes for successful enterprise multi-channel implementations.

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Shubhra Kar, Director, Products and Systems Engineering at StrongLoop Inc., is an accomplished technologist with extensive global expertise as an architect, management consultant, product manager, and thought leader. Focussed on emerging tech, for over 15 years and across three continents, he has built and delivered successful solutions with Fortune 500 corporations, helping them bridge the gap between business and IT.

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