Brian Sam-Bodden, founder of Integrallis, gave a demonstration at the Barcelona Ruby Conference on how to leverage RubyMotion and open source 2D graphical libraries to quickly create 2D games for iOS in plain Ruby without any knowledge of Object-C.
Jeffrey Stedfast has released MimeKit v0.5 with support for .NET Framework 4.0 and Xamarin.Android and Xamarin.iOS assemblies. It also provides support for rfc2047 and rfc2231 encoders in addition to sign, encrypt, decrypt and verification of S/MIME message parts.
The recently released RAD Studio XE5 provides support for Android, iOS and Rest client including the ability to build prototype and native apps in standard C++ or Delphi without any need for multiple projects and schedules.
Since the release of iOS 7 brings a whole new interface design for iPhone applications, developers might be forced to rework the user-interface of their iPhone apps as well, to match Apple's new Human Interface Guidelines. Apps designed for iOS 7 would be inappropriate for users who can't upgrade to the current iOS version, but Apple now also allows downloading previous versions of apps.
The recently conducted survey among 1300 Windows desktop application developers by Embarcadero Technologies measured the taste of developers from across the world. The survey recorded the favourite platform and tools among the respondents.
Fragmentation is said to be one of central handicaps when developing applications for Android. Google seems to have found a way to ease the pain for developers, at least when it comes to fragmentation of installed Android versions.
One blog of note that is furthering the efforts of today’s mobile application developers can be found at the OpenSignal web site. Their recent Android Fragmentation Visualized report offers some unique perspectives on the challenges of writing Android apps.
In his recent post, ‘Thoughts on Ti.Next’ for the Appcelerator web site, CEO Jeff Haynie talked about the reasons that the popular MBaaS provider is busy revamping Titanium, their signature SDK.
Cameron Henneke, founder and developer of GQueues, an online task manager integrated with several Google services, has ported the HTML5 mobile version of his application to iOS and Android, keeping a record of the development effort involved on both platforms and comparing the outcome in a blog post. Following is a digest of Henneke’s findings and excerpts from an interview conducted by InfoQ.
In April 2013 Appcelerator surveyed over 6000 mobile developers to find out about their priorities and goals. One of the key findings is that mobile app development shifts toward business-to-employee and tablet platforms.
A recently published VisionMobile study has measured the mobile landscape: the market, developer mindshare, preferred platforms, revenue, developer motivations and others.
Similar to Firebug for HTML pages, Reveal lets developers debug iOS user interfaces. It connects to running applications and offers the possibility to modify various UI parameters without rewriting code or rebuilding and redeploying the application.
Dropbox has released Datastore API which provides access to key-value stores with support for synchronization between devices using the user’s Dropbox account and including automatic conflict resolution.