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Robert Shilston, Director, Labs Division, Financial Times

Robert Shilston

Biography: Robert Shilston

Rob is a director of the FT's Labs division, which works on experimental web technologies and produces products such as the FT web app.  He is currently responsible for the technical delivery of the FT web app and its hosting infrastructure.  Prior to FT Labs, Rob founded the web consulting firm Assanka, which spent 8 years working on innovative web projects for clients including News International, The Economist Group and the FT, before being acquired by the FT in January 2012.

Twitter: @rtshilston

Presentation: Developing the FT web app

Track: Next Generation Mobile Apps / Time: Thursday 14:30 - 15:20 / Location: Mountbatten Room

For over a year, the Financial Times has been held up as one of the great success stories of HTML5, but implementing the technologies in a practical, truly interoperable way remains a tough challenge. In this session, Rob will provide a demo of the FT app, and discuss the technology choices and architectural approaches that have been used to solve some of the most difficult technical challenges faced in web development. Topics covered will include layout and interactions, native wrappers, testing and QA, and how to manage regular, reliable and successful deployments of an offline cached application.