Don’t build mobile apps like web applications

Power on a cell phone is like water in a desert. It’s the very stuff of life. If you take the same naive programming techniques you learned when programming on a server in a datacenter your cell phone will die of thirst.

via High Scalability – If Youre Programming a Cell Phone Like a Server Youre Doing it Wrong.

Angular came up when discussing a new project early this year, a project that started as a way to make our existing PayLinks tool more flexible, but became a full dashboard re-write.

Our legacy dashboards are stiched together with lots and lots of jQuery selectors on top of Rails. PayLinks was built using Backbone and served from within our legacy dashboards. Maintaining a SPA within server generated views and seperate, often conflicting, jQuery logic had become too painful.

Why do we care what timezone a user is in? Well beause we have to show them dates that are relevant to them where they live. Unfortunately you hit a weird scenario where someone is traveling and they have to update their timezone settings, just because they decided to hop on a plane that week. Fortunately operating systems on laptops and mobile devices all adjust timezones automatically whenever they connect to the internet. So we have the ability to stop asking people what timezone they’re in by relying on the time on the device.