Mark Murphy, author of the book A Busy Coder’s Guide to Android Development and an independent authority on the Android OS was at iTrain, an IT training firm in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Saturday, the 21st of August.

CodeAndroid Malaysia’s fearless leader, Nazrul Kamaruddin was the prime initiator of the event.

A quick scan of the room revealed a good number of Nexus One users, a few HTC desire and Samsung Galaxy S users. There was one Nokia N900(a rare beast indeed) user. Of note, one attendee had the iPhone4.

Mark’s talk was not on the technical aspects of coding for Android  but was, in his own words “something from the heart”.

He started with the the basic tenets in the American constitution (4th amendment) on information and access to information and how the way we interact in the digital world, eg. via Facebook, requires finer delineation and interpretation of these laws.

The average mobile device is a rather advanced thing and the exchange of information and privacy of these devices are important. Given the mission statement of an open source platform, he added that one could and should have the ability to install other OSs on the devices. No device manufacturer has gone the extra mile but he did mention Motorola having made some provision in that department.

He posited a wider world view on the utility and development  of applications for mobile devices. Programmers and manufacturers need to create devices and applications that people need and not want. These applications may not make money but the developer should consider creating applications that truly make a difference in the day to day lives of individuals. These aren’t the run-of-the-mill applications such as Farmville or the 287th version of a Twitter client. He illustrated as examples in telemedicine such as the iStethoscope for the iPhone. Examination of crops, building inspection, power conservation apps are areas in which mobile devices are of valuable utility. He talked of applications that aid in the safety of an individual and illustrated the possibility of an application called Resqr which automatically informs others when the owner’s life is in danger.

These applications will not yield profits and will not break the bank. However, the utility and the true value of these applications will showcase the skill sets of the developer and in the process, act as a stepping stone to greater things that would eventually lead to the desired monetary returns.

These words of wisdom applies to any mobile OS that a developer wishes to support.

In his own words,”The world is what you make of it”.

Mark went onto field a Q and A session which was moderated by Nazrul.

Here are the pictures of the event.

Mark speaks

An attentive audience

Q and A