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App Extensions for iOS 8 in Depth

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 10, 2014

Apple recently announced app extensions for iOS 8, which allow developers to extend functionality and content beyond the boundaries of a single app. Learn what iOS 8 app extensions are and how they work.

Amazon Announces Mobile Associates API for iOS

by Sergio De Simone on  Jun 17, 2014

Amazon has announced that it has started exploring integration of the Mobile Associates API (MAA) into iOS apps. Amazon encourages developers to present their use cases for them to participate in a private beta program that will guarantee early access to MAA for iOS. Interested developers will be selected by Amazon based on their use case and their willingness to provide feedback.

Xamarin.Forms Enables Truly Native Cross-platform UIs

by Abel Avram on  May 29, 2014 8

Up until now one could write with Xamarin cross-platform native mobile applications that shared 80% of the code on average with the rest of 20% representing UI code that had to be written separately for each platform. The latest release, Xamarin 3.0, introduces Xamarin.Forms, a MVVM library for writing a single UI code in C# being executed natively on iOS, Android or Windows Phone.

Testing PhoneGap Apps on Devices without SDK, Compilation or Code Signing

by Abel Avram on  Apr 23, 2014 1

PhoneGap has released PhoneGap Developer App, a tool for testing apps during development, bypassing the whole SDK and the need for compiling or signing the code. LiveReload with GapReload can do the same thing.

Mobile Usage Report Highlights Trends and Shifts in Mobile Device Use

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 05, 2014

Mobile analytics firm Flurry has issued a report analyzing time spent on mobile devices by the average US consumer between January and March of 2014. This is the second such report that Flurry issues, allowing for an interesting comparison year to year showing, among other things, that mobile devices are changing the way the web is consumed.

IDC: The Past, Present and Future of HTML5

by Abel Avram on  Apr 04, 2014

The recently released IDC study, The Evolving State of HTML5 by Al Hilwa, Research Director for Application Development, attempts to evaluate the advances made so far, the current state and takes a look at the future of HTML5 as a unifying web platform.

Microsoft Speeds Up Windows Store Apps with .NET Native

by Abel Avram on  Apr 03, 2014 1

.NET Native is an attempt from Microsoft to reduce the start up times and memory footprint of Windows Store applications.

Facebook’s Release Process Behind the Move from Web-based to Native App

by Manuel Pais on  Dec 28, 2013

Chaitanya Mishra, from Facebook, spoke at Velocity Conf London last month about the approach to scale Facebook’s Android app from a web view interface to a full-fledged native app. To achieve this transition each product team took ownership of their features on Android. A core integration team regression tests and focuses on global app optimization over individual features optimization.

Debate: Do We Need a Universal Web Bytecode?

by Abel Avram on  May 22, 2013 11

Is a universal web bytecode worth the trouble creating it? Is LLVM the solution? Which is better at running native code in the browser: Mozilla asm.js or Google PNaCl? This article contains opinions expressed on the web on these issues.

Build Data Driven and Native Mobile Apps with RAD Studio XE4

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  May 07, 2013

RAD Studio XE 4, recently released by Embarcadero enable developers to develop multi device and true native mobile apps for PCs, iPhone and iPad using a single code base.

Orubase: Develop Hybrid Native Mobile Applications for Windows Phone, Android and iOS

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Oct 13, 2012

Syncfusion's Orubase is a framework for the development of mobile applications for Windows Phone, Android and iOS platforms. You can create apps using ASP.NET MVC and by making use of the Orubase framework.

Facebook: “Betting on HTML5 Was a Mistake” – Technical Reasons and Reactions

by Abel Avram on  Sep 17, 2012 5

Facebook has decided to go native for mobile content instead of doing HTML5 as it was the plan for a couple of years. This article contains technical details behind FB’s move, and reactions from Xamarin and Mozilla.

Crossing the Software Education Chasm

by Michael Stal on  May 27, 2012

In their recent blog posting “Crossing the Software Education Chasm” for the Communications of the ACM Armando Fox and David Patterson from UC Berkeley address the tradeoff between university education of software engineers and actual expectations of employers. They suggest that a solution to reduce this gap consists of teaching students agile development of SaaS apps using tools like rails.

ARM DS 5 CE Includes a Debugger and Analyzer of Android Native Code

by Abel Avram on  Dec 01, 2011 1

ARM is offering a community edition of their Development Studio 5, containing a debugger and a performance analyzer of Android native code.

PhoneGap Status: Moving to Apache and Adobe, Plugin Modularization, PhoneGap/Build Service

by Werner Schuster on  Nov 24, 2011 1

Working with PhoneGap is getting easier: Plugins make PhoneGap more modular and extensible for developers. PhoneGap/Build is an online service for automatically building PhoneGap applications for different platforms. InfoQ talked to Nitobi's Brian LeRoux about the technical future of PhoneGap at Adobe and Apache.

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