Whither the native app?
Earlier this month, over 60 developers attended the inaugural Seattle Android Developer’s Meetup to network, meet fellow developers, and eat free pizza. In addition, the meetup included talks from one of the developers of the lock screen replacement GOTO and the adult-oriented app store MiKandi. The last presentation was an introduction and demonstration of AIR for Android by FLEX developer Dusty Jewett. (full disclosure: Dusty and I are currently coworkers).
It’s unfortunate the number of people who chose not to stay for this talk. I think a lot of people who are still relatively new to Android, or who are relatively new to mobile in general, may not concern themselves with frameworks and high-level languages like FLEX or ActionScript. Native apps are the way to go, right? Why write for Android if you’re not writing in Java, or maybe even C++ using the NDK? iOS developers, shouldn’t you be writing in Objective-C?