Doug Sillars, Ph.D., is an industry leader in mobile application performance, and is a member of the AT&T Developer Advocacy team. To help developers build mobile applications that run as efficiently as possible, Doug and the AT&T Developer Program have written best practices and developed the free Application Resource Optimizer (ARO) test tool, which allows developers to see how an application behaves on the mobile network and points out simple optimization fixes. As more and more AT&T customers adopt smartphones and utilize data hungry applications, AT&T understands how crucial it is that applications run smoothly – efficiently using phone batteries and the mobile network.
Doug has been a lead technical member of the AT&T Developer Program for nearly ten years, starting with helping developers learn mobile Web development from WAP to html to HTML5. He has also worked on messaging and video streaming applications. Prior to his time at AT&T, Doug received a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he built applications and studied how to measure and optimize the formation of polymers. He received his B.A. at the College of Wooster in Mathematics and Chemistry.
In his spare time, Doug enjoys being outside, hiking or biking with his kids, traveling, and knitting. He does not really enjoy cleaning up after his dogs, bunnies, and chickens (but he does like the eggs!), and is nervous about the familial rumblings about adding alpacas to the herd.
As a work-from-home father of three small children, Doug plans not only to blog about mobile optimization and performance, but also about the challenges of being productive while working remotely.