'Less apps, more responsive': Jim Keller, web dev firm Context - Technical.ly Philly


Apr. 25, 2013 10:00 am

‘Less apps, more responsive’: Jim Keller, web dev firm Context

"Most apps can be built into a responsive website, and the user will be none the wiser," said Jim Keller, principal at Jenkintown-based web dev firm Context.

Jim Keller, Principal at Context. Photo from Context's website.

The message was clear at Jim Keller‘s responsive design panel yesterday: “Less apps, more responsive.” (We’ll forgive him the use of ‘fewer,’ not ‘less.’)

“Most apps can be built into a responsive website, and the user will be none the wiser,” said Keller, principal at Jenkintown-based web dev firm Context. Responsive design is that device agnostic manner of developing websites — becoming more popular, if challenged — that changes format as the site is resized to accommodate tablets, smartphones or other mobile devices.

The responsive design craze is in full swing (shown in part by the standing room only event held in a narrow conference room at Embassy Suites on the Parkway). One reason for the buzz is that app development is “very resource intensive,” according to Keller.

He said his firm gets weekly calls from organizations saying that they need an app. But he tells them, “Unless you need to use the camera [on a phone], you probably don’t need an app.”

In the end, Keller said it’s about flexibility. You have to accept that you’re going to have limited control over what devices people are going to use when they’re accessing your website.

“Think about that from the get-go,” Keller said, “and be flexible.”

Companies: Eastern Standard
People: Jim Keller
Projects: Philly Tech Week
Already a member? Sign in here


Stop using lorem ipsum

‘Pong on the Cira Centre’ officially world’s largest video game

Philly Tech Week 2013 video recap and attendee survey results



How this Vistar Media software engineer succeeds on an ‘inclusive team’

Philadelphia, PA


Senior Software Engineer – Kubernetes

Apply Now
Philadelphia, PA


QA Automation Engineer

Apply Now

2013 Philly Tech Week presented by AT&T Media Roundup

Blackout: for entrepreneurs, the web is a storefront when you can’t afford one

Frenchman on Geek World Tour lands in Philly during Tech Week



Learn to lead digital transformation at Phorum 2019

Philadelphia, PA - Center City


Senior Business Analyst, Implementations

Apply Now


Software Engineer: E-Commerce (PHP)

Apply Now
Chesterbrook, PA


EDI Specialist

Apply Now

Sign-up for daily news updates from Technical.ly Philadelphia

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!