I can say with confidence that most of the sites I build from now on will use a mobile first approach. This due to the adoption of mobile devices has started to outpace the adoption of desktops and laptops. Thinking about how a solution should be deployed to mobile first is a shift in thinking from a usability and architecture perspective. And how the browser-based "administrator console" works with the mobile experience creates the complete solution. Again, more on this in subsequent posts...
So as I build my new rackspace solutions with a mobile first approach feel free to follow along. I'll be building the sites step-by-step with companion learning resources and with a more non-technical bent. Even though the implementation will be quite technical and follow a MVC Three-Tier approach. If you want some early insight into the technologies I'll be using, this is what I am currently thinking;
- Business Tier - PhP (with object orientation and some RESTful approaches where appropriate)
- Data Tier - PhP, MySQL (with some separation of reads from writes)