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 is a Canadian engineer. 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. Our Keitai Web Technology Guide is a great starting point for learning about the challenges of Japanese mobile development. Developers can find more technical details in our Ketai-Dev Wiki.
Please contact us with your specific requirements.
Email address: email@example.com
If you prefer to call us, feel free to do so under +81 (0)80-4133-7245
For users of Skype, please call mobalean
As a developer, I work with lots of text files. The great thing about text files is that their are so many mature tools to manage them. I can choose from a plethora of editors. I can use version control to manage changes. I can easily move them from one system to another. Because of all these advantages, when creating text content such as blog entries, I want to use text files to store it.
For my personal blog, I use the Octopress framework, which allows me to generate a static HTML site from text files. This works great for a standalone site, but when you have a web application, you need something more dynamic. For example, this site has some basic dynamic features, such as redirecting visitors to the Japanese and English versions as appropriate. For web applications, we use Ruby on Rails.
To allow us to write content in text files while using Ruby on Rails, I created semi_static. This plugin lets you write text content in text files, and then treat your pages like models. For instance, to list the most recent blog entries in the footer of our site, I can add the following to our application layout:
%ul - Article.most_recent(5).each do |article| %li= link_to article, article
The flexibility and ease of use this gives is powerful for any developer driven web service, but the plugin is still immature, as it's tailored to mobalean's needs, so I'd welcome any feedback or contributions to it.