We ♥ web applications!
At mobalean we love to build innovative web services for Japan and the world. Our experience will help transform your ideas into successful online services.
Mobalean is lead by Henri Servomaa, the original founder and mobile developer. At Mobalean we strive to develop services which are loved by our clients and users. By working in an agile manner, quickly adapting to changing requirements, we can deliver quickly and often.
Hailing from Finland, Henri has a long history with computers and the internet. With a background in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, he has worked in Japan as Software Developer and System Admin since 2001. In 2005, he joined a company to develop mobile sites for the Japanese market and has been involved in mobile ever since.
Cleve Lendon is a Canadian engineer who has been contracting for Mobalean. He came to Tokyo in 1994, and has lived here ever since. He has broad experience as a software developer, which includes development of mainframe software, Internet applications and mobile apps (Android and iOS). He is especially skilled at writing Java applications (vd. Simredo 4, Grafikilo 15). When not programming, Cleve enjoys improv acting and studying languages, such as Latin and Esperanto.
Our strength is crafting web services for both Japanese and international markets. We bring our technical and cultural experience to help you adapt your ideas into successful products.
We develop with Ruby on Rails and use the best agile practices and tools, such as test driven development and continuous integration to achieve quality.
We are the leading provider of technical expertise about the Japanese mobile web. Mobalean started when the smartphones were just appearing on the market. Our Keitai Web Technology Guide is a quick starting point for learning about the initial challenges of Japanese mobile development. Although the technology stacks have changed since the proliferation of iOS and Android, some of the idiosyncrasies remain. Most notably, the Japanese market is still very much dominated by the big three carriers: DoCoMo, au and Softbank. Developers can find more technical details in our Keitai-Dev Wiki.
Please contact us with your specific requirements.
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you prefer to call us, feel free to do so under +81 (0)70-6251-7245
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CakePHP is a development framework for PHP that borrows many ideas from Ruby on Rails. I first heard about it when reading through the Merb camp keynote, which states Ruby On Rails is more then 10 times faster then CakePHP (and Merb is even faster). At mobalean, we prefer using Ruby, but if you happen to be using PHP, check out Ktai Library for CakePHP1.2.
The features of this library include:
I had a quick look through the code, and unfortunately while CakePHP is Object Oriented, this code is not. This code, like much of the code for Japanese mobiles make extensive use of a "carrier code" variable. If the library used carrier objects instead, it would be much cleaner. Additionally, there is a lot of duplicated boilerplate code in the KtaiHelper and KtaiComponent class that code be removed in Ruby through the use of the Forwardable module. Nevertheless, if you are using PHP, you might be able to find something that helps you.
(Hat tip: matsuiさん)