Apple has announced at WWDC 2015 that they will open-source Swift 2.0 under a permissive open-source license, the object-oriented/functional language released at last year's WWDC, and the standard libraries and compilers will run on iOS, OSX and Linux. Furthermore Apple has simplified the developer programs, allowing developers to build iOS, OSX and watchOS applications with the same membership.
Ionic has released the production ready version 1.0, and has started work on the next version that will be built on AngularJS 2.0. Also, soon a number of mobile services –Push, Deploy, Analytics, Package - will be made public.
Facebook has open sourced ComponentKit, a declarative library for creating native views on iOS.
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has published the Pointer Events standard as a recommendation for wide adoption, but its future is in doubt as Apple and Google are refusing to implement it.
The modern.IE Platform Status indicates that now asm.js is in Development. According to Microsoft, the Chakra engine in Windows 10 will support asm.js, and Microsoft has been collaborating with Mozilla to implement it faster. Chrome is going to support it via TurboFan, a new optimizing compiler for V8.
The Chromium team announced back in August that Google is no longer working on implementing Pointer Events in Chrome in order to focus on Touch Events. Now they have given control to the Pointer Events polyfill library to jQuery which is hoping to “drive developer adoption of this unified event system” and eventually see “all browsers implement this standard natively.”
MBaaS (Mobile Backend as a Service) provider Parse recently announced two new additions to its platform, a crash reporting service and support for local data storage on iOS.
Following on from their announcement of Android Auto in June, Google has now published their first APIs for the platform. Available as part of the Android 5.0 (Lollipop) SDK the APIs will allow developers to add a tailored in-car experience to their existing Android applications.
Apple last week announced the release of WatchKit, the SDK for its upcoming Apple Watch device. The SDK will allow developers to begin adding watch support to their iOS apps ahead of the device's release in early 2015.
Nassim Kammah, engineer at Etsy, explained to Velocity Conference attendants how Etsy does continuous integration for mobile apps. Etsy uses a mix of automated and manual processes, still adhering to the same principles that it applies on web development and reusing many of the same tools. Nassim also talked about how Etsy handles the unique set of challenges presented by mobile apps development.
Kinvey, an enterprise Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS) company brought Digital Lifecycle Management (DLM) to mobile application development process.
URX is providing Omnilinks, an open deep linking standard, an application index containing deep linked mobile apps and link routing.
For mobile application development, teams are looking to introduce a lightweight development process like agile software development, which offers tremendous opportunities and value to build applications in short cycles.
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