App Data, Everywhere: Cross-Device Content Sharing
We live in a cross-platform world, with users now expecting the data they create to follow them across all of their various devices, browsers and even offline. As user demand for easy access to content from any device grows, managing data has moved from a pure storage problem to a problem of data synchronization.
A new breed of providers are addressing this challenge, each with its own take on how to solve the problem. One such company is Dropbox, which introduced the Datastore API, a new model for easily storing and syncing app data, in July 2013. The Datastore API takes syncing beyond files and makes it simple for developers to create apps that sync other types of data (contacts, game states, etc.) across platforms and devices.
This session will feature two developers well-versed in app trends and active in Dropbox platform development. It will cover technical topics such as data synchronization, offline caching, and conflict resolution.
Additional Supporting Materials
- What are common scenarios for data sync?
- Why is sync so difficult to get right, and how does Dropbox approach the problem?
- How important is offline access, and what needs to be done to support it?
- Every device includes some local storage, but generally not enough to store a copy of all of a user's data. How do we decide what to store locally versus what to store remotely?
- What challenges are introduced by sharing synchronized data?
Alexis Vanni Allison+Partners
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