Smart phone applications are rapidly gaining popularity, and Extension programs are eager to use this teaching tool. But developing an application can be time intensive and costly. Students in environmental horticulture at the University of Florida teamed with the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ program to develop an application with an extensive plant database. The students and information technology expert from the Florida-Friendly program documented their methodology and developed helpful guidelines for anyone considering an application. With the guidelines, Extension agents can evaluate the adaptability of their program to a database=linked application and determine the feasibility of creating a decision-making application.
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Hansen, G., & Purcell, S. (2012). A Smartphone Application for Landscape Plants: A Case Study and Guide to Developing a Decision-Making Application. The Journal of Extension, 50(6), Article 29. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.50.06.29