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.
In the beginning of MBaaS, there was StackMob. Since then the mobile ecosystem has become flooded with competitors in this new approach to app dynamics. InfoQ takes a closer look at the Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS) provider StackMob and its privacy practices.
Xamarin has announced the availability of Xamarin Mobility Scanner, a free online service for scanning .NET libraries in order to evaluate the effort needed to port them to Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Windows Store.
Xamarin.iOS now supports three development models for designing iOS user interfaces with C#: importing from XCode, drag-and-drop using Xamarin Studio, drawing in PaintCode, or purely imperative using raw C#.
Xamarin has released a new set of guides based on Evolve curriculum which provides a comprehensive coverage of the various aspects of the various APIs with the help of relevant samples.
This article contains details on the recently open sourced Buck and xctool, the build tools used internally by Facebook for their native Android and iOS applications.
Sauce Labs has extended Appium to support automated testing for Android and Firefox OS applications. Support for iOS was introduced earlier this year.
Objective Sharpie is the child of Aaron Bockover. This tool creates C# bindings suitable for use in Mono for Objective C SDKs. Objective Sharpie works by using Clang to parse Objective C header files. Since the process is automated, and has full access to the header, binding errors should be non-existent for most libraries.
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.
The recently released PhoneGap Facebook Plugin enables developers to enable Facebook single sign-on into their PhoneGap based Android and iOS apps. Facebook also released SDK for .NET which enables developers to integrate Facebook into their Windows Phone and Windows 8 applications.
Stanford University is offering a free introductionary course "Coding Together: Developing Apps for iPhone and iPad (Winter 2013)" on iTunes U. All lectures can be downloaded as video podcasts along with slides in PDF format. The material is suitable for Objective-C and iOS programming beginners, though knowledge of object-oriented concepts and languages is required.
Filepicker.io enables you to upload and store files from your own application via Facebook, Dropbox, Instagra, Flickr and etc including from your own computer.
Xamarin has released a preview of their async-enabled libraries for iOS and Android development. This work is based heavily on Microsoft’s .NET 4.5, which was released late last year as part of Visual Studio 2012. Xamarin is the new name for the development platforms previously known as MonoTouch and Mono for Android.