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Apple Open CloudKit to Server-to-Server Requests

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 09, 2016

Apple has recently announced that CloudKit, OS X and iOS framework that provides access to Apple’s cloud platform, is now open to server-to-server web requests. This removes the previous restriction of accessing CloudKit public database only from iOS and Mac apps and through Apple’s web site.

Mobile Cross-platform SDK V-Play Adds Material Design, Map-based Apps and More

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 06, 2016

Mobile cross-platform SDK V-Play Apps has recently introduced support for Android Material Design, improved the creation of map-based apps, and added new styling features.

Google’s J2ObjC 1.0 Translates Java into Objective-C

by Abel Avram on  Feb 05, 2016

J2ObjC is an open source tool created by Google to translate Java code into corrresponding Objective-C code that can be run on iOS. The idea is to reuse Java business code between Android, web and iOS. For the web the translation is done with GWT. This tool does not deal with UI code which needs to be written separately for each platform.

Chris Lattner on Swift 3 and Cocoa "Renamification"

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 31, 2016

In a recent post on the "swift-evolution" mailing list, Swift creator Chris Lattner outlined a few criteria that will guide Swift 3 definition and made clear that it will bring disruptive changes.

Parse will Shut Down their Service

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 29, 2016 3

Kevin Lacker, Parse Co-founder, announced that the Facebook-owned DBaaS platform will wind down its operation to be fully retired at the end of January 2017. This announcement gave rise to many complaints from developers, yet Facebook is trying to make the transition easy and several alternatives are available.

OCaml Now Ready for iOS Development

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 28, 2016

San Francisco-based programmer Edgar Aroutiounian has recently created a package for OCamliOS, an OCaml cross-compiler for iOS recently made available by Jeffrey A. Scofield that should eventually be merged into the official OCaml compiler. InfoQ has spoken with Aroutiounian.

iOS 9 Day by Day: a Review of iOS 9 for Developers

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 22, 2016

iOS 9 Day by Day is a free book by shinobicontrols’ Chris Grant that provides a review of iOS 9 for developers. The book comprises 13 short chapters that puts the key features of iOS 9 at work in the accompanying sample projects. InfoQ has spoken with Sam Burnstone, shinobicontrols' Technical Evangelist.

The Evolution of Swift's Standard Library

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 20, 2016

One of the primary design goals of Swift is to allow efficient execution of code while allowing load-time abstraction of implementation, according to a work-in-progress document by Apple. Apple’s document provides information that is relevant to library designers, including Swift’s Standard Libraries, to ensure both backward and forward compatibility.

Perfect Aims to Bring Swift to the Server-side

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 16, 2016 7

Perfect makes it possible to use Apple’s Swift language to build enterprise-grade web applications, say Canadian startup PerfectlySoft Inc. With Apple having recently open-sourced Swift, Perfect promises to support cross-platform development across multiple platforms, including OS X, Linux, Windows, iOS, and Android. InfoQ has spoken with Sean Stephens, CEO at PerfectlySoft.

Swift 2.2 Release Process Begins

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 13, 2016

Apple provided new details about Swift 2.2 release process, its goals, and an estimated schedule. Swift 2.2 will be mostly a source-compatible release, while major, breaking changes will be left for Swift 3, Apple say.

Wia Provides Cloud Infrastructure for IoT

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 12, 2016

Wia is a cloud platform that aims to provide developers with a scalable and powerful backend for their Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. According to Conall Laverty, founder and CEO at Wia, that will enable the creation of fully fledged, production ready solutions without worrying about server management, data replication, and storage. InfoQ has spoken with Laverty.

Facebook Announces Parse SDK for Apple's tvOS and watchOS 2

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 08, 2016

Facebook's Parse SDK includes now support for Apple’s tvOS and watchOS 2 will enable building native immersive apps for the Apple TV and the Apple Watch, Facebook’s engineer Nikita Lutsenko writes. Additionally, the new SDK also features integration with Facebook’s recently announced tvOS SDK to make onboarding easier.

Swift overtakes Objective-C in TIOBE index

by Alex Blewitt on  Jan 07, 2016 4

Swift has overtaken Objective-C in the TIOBE index, an internet-sourced rating of programming languages based on a variety of different sources.

With Flutter, Google Aims Dart to Mobile App Cross-Development

by Sergio De Simone on  Dec 21, 2015 7

Flutter is a new open-source framework built by Google that aims to enable cross-platform development using a single Dart codebase on iOS and Android. It aims to provide high performance and 60fps, jitter-free experiences on both platforms.

Most Common Issues Caused by Mobile Fragmentation

by Sergio De Simone on  Dec 12, 2015

Device fragmentation can be a serious hindrance to providing great mobile user experiences. A review of the most common issues faced by developers.

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