I spent the last couple of days at the BibleTech: 2008 conference here in the Seattle area that brought together geeks who love the Lord and are providing Bible tools on computers, including mobile devices. You can check out all my blog posts on the sessions I attended on my personal blog. Three of the last six sessions I attended on Saturday focused on mobility and experiences from Olive Tree Bible Software and Laridian. The developer of Pocket e-Sword was also in attendance (using an OQO Model 02) and I believe he gave an impromptu session at the end of the conference, that I was unable to attend.
It was interesting to hear about all of the challenges the developers experience in relation to mobile devices with the numerous platforms, development languages, installation methodologies, user-interfaces, and more. I garnered a new appreciation for the software I purchase and use on my mobile devices and feel even better about supporting 3rd party application developers with my money.
Laridian president, Craig Rairdin, had a very interesting presentation on synchronizing user-generated content between mobile devices and PCs that solves a lot of issues with data integrity and portability. Two presentations were given by Olive Tree representatives that talked about the many challenges. All of the mobile vendors tend to agree that the mobile landscape will not converge to one or two main platforms and given my experiences in mobile tech I agree with their assessment. This will make continued development of 3rd party applications challenging for all vendors who choose to develop cross-platform or multi-platform applications and I now have a deeper understanding of these challenges.