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Microsoft Releases iOS Mobile Services 2.0 Beta

by Matt McComb on  Oct 27, 2014

Microsoft has recently released a new preview of its 2.0 Mobile Services iOS SDK. The SDK allows iOS developers to easily integrate their mobile applications with Mobile Services backends hosted on Azure. Mobile Services is a MBaaS with support for cloud storage, push notifications, authentication, mobile analytics and custom APIs written in Node.js or .NET.

A Task Parallel Library for Object Pascal and C++

by Jonathan Allen on  Oct 27, 2014 1

A major feature of RAD Studio XE7 is its Parallel Programming Library. XE7 brings task-based parallelism to a variety of platforms including Windows, OS X, iOS, and Android. Unlike Mono, this tool-chain offers fully native applications on all target platforms.

How Immutable State Helped Facebook to Improve Its iOS App Architecture

by Sergio De Simone on  Oct 24, 2014

Facebook has been working in the last two years to evolve the architecture of its iOS app with the goal of improving performance, abstractions, and the underlying development model. Adam Ernst and Arl Grant, software engineers at Facebook, explained what issues they had to solve and how they did in a @Scale 2014 talk.

Realm Brings SQLite Alternative to Android

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Oct 24, 2014

Realm is an open-source, object oriented, mobile database. Last month, Realm for Android was released, less than 3 months after the iOS version was first available and it comes with a fluent, strongly typed API.

Amazon Launches Corporate Directory Service in the Cloud

by Janakiram MSV on  Oct 23, 2014

Amazon has added corporate directory services called AWS Directory Service to its growing portfolio of cloud services. Applications that need Active Directory or a LDAP compatible directory can use this service.

Android 5.0 Brings Over 5,000 New APIs

by Abel Avram on  Oct 21, 2014

Android 5.0 (Lollipop) comes with a large number of new APIs, over 5,000 of them, according to Ankur Kotwal, a Google developer advocate. These cover many areas of mobile development from the new Material Design, to enhanced battery management, to managing devices to ART. We are presenting some of the most important.

Facebook AsyncDisplayKit Touts Smooth Asynchronous UI for iOS Apps

by Sergio De Simone on  Oct 17, 2014

Facebook has open-sourced its AsyncDisplayKit, a framework originally built for Facebook's Paper app that promises to make it easier to keep apps smooth and responsive even on older devices.

Chrome 38 Supports Art Direction through the picture Element

by Abel Avram on  Oct 16, 2014

Google has added support for the element in the recently released Chrome 38, enabling developers to specify multiple image sources based on various media queries.

Windows Embraces Docker

by João Miranda on  Oct 15, 2014

Docker Inc. and Microsoft announced today a partnership to provide Docker support on the next Windows Server release. This means enabling Windows based containers with a new Docker Engine for Windows Server, extending Docker's open orchestration APIs to the Microsoft ecosystem and providing multi-platform applications support, running both on Linux and Windows Docker containers.

News from Xamarin Evolve 2014: Android Player, Sketches and C# Profiler

by Abel Avram on  Oct 09, 2014

The Xamarin Evolve 2014 event taking place these days in Atlanta, US, has produced a number of news related to the cross-platform tools Xamarin makes: Android Player – a hardware accelerated Android simulator-, Sketches –a REPL-like environment-, and Profiler –a C# code profiler-.

Batch Updates Solve Long-standing Issue with Core Data

by Sergio De Simone on  Oct 06, 2014

Core Data batch updates, introduced in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, aim at fixing a long-standing limitation of the Core Data stack, as developers had been asking for many years. Let's review the problem that batch updates solve, how they work, and an alternative to them involving a rethinking of data normalization strategy.

Written in PowerShell, a HTTP API for Executing PowerShell Scripts

by Jonathan Allen on  Oct 03, 2014

REST and REST-like interfaces over HTTP are all the rage these days. Not too long ago we told you about Oracle releasing a prototype of their HTTP-based API for MySQL. Not to be out done, Steve Lee of Microsoft has released sample code for exposing PowerShell over HTTP. And to make it interesting, this web server is written entirely in PowerShell.

RubyMotion Releases Android Public Beta

by Tony Hillerson on  Oct 03, 2014

RubyMotion recently announced that its Android Support had entered public beta, which should allow early adopters to get started now developing for the Android platform. RubyMotion is a terminal based toolchain used to create native iOS, Mac, and now with this beta version, Android applications, using the popular Ruby language and tools.

Version Numbers, Backwards Compatibility, and Windows 10

by Jonathan Allen on  Oct 02, 2014 1

There is a lot of speculation as to why the next version of Windows will be called “Windows 10”. And while we’ll probably never know what happened behind the closed doors of the marketing department, there are solid technical reasons why it can’t be called “Windows 9”.

Amazon Releases Official AWS Mobile SDK 2

by Sergio De Simone on  Sep 30, 2014

After a few months spent in Developer Preview, the Amazon Web Services Mobile SDK version 2 is ready for general development. According to Amazon, the final release takes into account feedback received from developers during the preview in order to improve the SDK with some new features.

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