March 31 Welcome to EECS 394!


TTh 11am - 12:20am


Tech L150


Important To get a permission number for this course, fill in the prior experience survey , then email me your request for a permission number. You must be logged in to your Gmail account to access the survey.

This is a class about learning to develop HTML5 mobile and web app products using modern sustainable practices that deliver value as quickly as possible to users, clients, developers, and the development organization. These practices usually go under the name of "agile" or "lean agile."

This course is not about programming. It's about software development. That means delivering high quality code early, often, and efficiently. That means constant reflection and and improvement in your development processes.

What you'll be doing a lot of in the next 10 weeks:

Required Meetings

This class involves a great deal of work with your team, your client and me. That means frequent face to face meetings. These are a requirement of the course. If you have trouble committing to the meetings below, contact me now. You may need to drop the course.

All meetings should lead directly to deliverables, designs for deliverables, or specific steps to take to improve your development process. If a meeting doesn't do this, it was a waste of time.

Programming Requirements

Substantial prior programming experience is required. I assume you already know or can quickly get up to speed with

The class discussions and assignments focus on development processes, not programming technology. Work is done in teams but all team members are responsible for all parts of the application.

Prior native mobile app development experience is not required. The ability to pick it up on your own is.

Development computer:

You need to have either a Mac, PC, or Linux machine suitable for software development, with plenty of memory and gigabytes of disk space. Laptops are best because they can be brought to the meetings to do demos and development.



The text for agile software development is The Agile Samurai by Jonathan Rasmusson. Don't be fooled by the casual style. This is a sound introduction, by a developer for developers, to agile software development.


The web will be a primary resource for technical details on HTML5, CSS and Javascript, but if this is new to you, I recommend getting a good book, such as Build Mobile: websites and apps for smart devices

Mobile Web Apps

The recommended target architecture, at least initially, is what are called mobile web apps:

The advantages are

The disadvantages are

Once you have a good prototype, and need these or other features, you can either

Caution: As soon as you go beyond mobile web: